On September 21, Idaho Public Television held its annual volunteer appreciation event at its studios in Boise. Volunteers were treated to dinner, thanked for their service, and shown previews of upcoming local and national programs that their volunteer work makes possible.
According to Shane Chariton, IdahoPTV major giving director, volunteers across the state worked 5,380 hours this past year. Using a $24.14 average value of a volunteer hour (calculated annually by Independent Sector), that’s the equivalent of $129,873 donated as volunteer work — funds that were able to be put toward programs and activities that support IdahoPTV’s mission: to encourage lifelong learning, connect Idaho communities, and enrich the lives of all Idahoans.
Jerry Finnegan (pictured) was named Idaho Public Television’s volunteer of the year. “We notice and appreciate Jerry’s positive energy and enthusiasm for IdahoPTV year after year as a volunteer camera operator,” Chariton says.
Jerry’s son, Brian, and wife, Betty, have also volunteered along with Jerry. Betty, who passed away in 2014, was also remembered and honored during the event.
“The staff of Idaho Public Television wishes to thank all of our wonderful volunteers,” Chariton says. “We are incredibly grateful for you!”