Jane Hume: Volunteers aplenty
July 27, 2011
To the editor:
The Editorial Board's estimate of 35 to 50 volunteers in Saturday's editorial is ridiculous.
In fact, the diverse goals and skills needed for I'll bet 1,000 volunteers in Moffat County and Craig make the scattered and seemingly random work a necessity.
From Pink Ladies to 4-H leaders, from fire and rescue (these people are paid to answer calls, but not for the hours of meetings, training and maintenance) to cookie sales by kids, from free dinner at the Catholic church to flowers downtown (paid for by the businesses), from flags lining the streets to trash hauled from the highways, from parents helping the teachers a couple of hours a week to the county fair, volunteers teem.
Here are some other organizations that depend on the work of volunteers: American Legion Post 62, Veterans of Foreign Wars, hospital boards, school board, Colorado Northwestern Community College boards, foundations, museums and boards, swim program instructors, police training, hunting classes, AARP, Sea Sharks, Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership, Craig Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Craig Lions Club, Kiwanis, Elks, Maybell Women and parks and fire, Artesia Fire, ham radio, recreation programs for skiing, soccer, T-ball, coach pitch, wrestlers (from Pee Wee to turkey legs), basketball, Downtown Business Association (which does Art Walk, among other things), FFA, zoning boards, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, sororities, library boards, Boys and Girls Club of Craig, beautification, Food Bank, Love, INC, Pregnancy Center, Abused and Battered, Fuller House, Daughters of the American Revolution, tax help, Relay for Life, snow machine trails, economic development, Moffat County Tourism Association, Whittle the Wood, golf tournaments, rodeos, horse shows, car shows, Red Cross, Honor Society, Parrotheads, political parties, Sheriff's Posse, arts programs, Land Use, housing, crossing guards, and city council — yes council people are paid just enough to buy the gas to make it to City Hall a couple of times a month. I think that qualifies as volunteer.
The swimming pool was built by Craig residents — Barbara Pughe talks of installing tile years ago. Downtown park was an afternoon inspiration. Rock garden at Finley.
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The tradition continues today with the dedicated volunteers with new motocross and balloon events. Even the revival of a Fourth of July parade.
The volunteers often depend on the help of beleaguered businesses, residents and others, and donate funds themselves (look at Wyman Museum) to share the results without stint. Volunteers. More than 50. Not all the same.
If you ever attended a library program, received a scholarship, ate a free hamburger, listened to Sweet Adelines, or even had your lawn mowed by a neighbor or a thousand others things, you have been visited by a volunteer.
This is all part of the, "friendliness of residents," which brings new people in and gets the kids who have left to return, despite the scattered approach and lively disorganization.