The WHRO Voice - WHRO VPH - Norfolk, VA


In the main hallway of WHRO, there’s a framed poem that hangs alongside our various awards. There are a lot of places we could have ... See more hung it – lots of hallways with blank walls – but it was placed alongside our awards as a reminder that of those honors would have been possible without the people who are the subject of the poem. It’s entitled Volunteers, and the author is, sadly, anonymous – but it was clearly written by someone who understands the tremendous value volunteers bring to organizations like WHRO. During the average 12-month period, WHRO volunteers give a total of 14,000 hours doing a broad spectrum of activities – in fact, we’d have to hire seven full time employees to accomplish what these volunteers freely give! This equates to a savings of approximately $300,000 in salaries and benefits (according to the Independent Sector/Research: Value of Volunteer Time.) So how are these 14,000 hours spent? If you’ve watched our TV, or listened to our FM membership/pledge drives, you’re aware that the banks of telephones are answered by volunteers who come in to the studio to take pledges of financial support from our viewers and listeners. Annually, there are four TV campaigns (requiring 33 nights of coverage) and two FM pledge drives (requiring 28 days and nights of coverage). Volunteers are routinely involved in office work, like making copies, folding letters and stuffing envelopes. Help is always needed at the computer, often correcting membership data or processing surveys. Volunteers make phone calls to confirm appointments or research the best price for certain equipment or food items. (We’re always looking for ways to economize!) WHRO offers many kinds of special events including children’s activities, computer workshops, lectures, concerts and special broadcasts. All of these events require volunteer assistants who help prepare, staff and break down events. Next comes working in WHRO’s reception area, relieving the full time receptionist during lunch breaks or when she is on vacation, and conducting tours of the studio for schools and other groups. One of the most rewarding activities, according to our volunteers, is The WHRO Voice. Voice volunteers read local newspapers live on the air to qualifying individuals, transmitted via a radio that’s been specially modified to receive the closed circuit signal, or via our website. Regional news, including obituaries, commentaries and grocery store ads, are read to our listeners. I like to tell people that there are many ways to support WHRO and WHRV. The gifts of time, talent and energy of our many volunteers are part of what make our continued service to Hampton Roads (and beyond) possible. As the poem reminds us every day, we couldn’t do without them! Bert Schmidt Bert can be contacted at or 757.889.9410 To volunteer at WHRO, contact Mr. Lynn Summerall, Volunteer Services Manager, at 889.9430 or by emailing To become a volunteer for The WHRO Voice, call Megan Brown at 889.9366 or email her at

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