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Our View: Plant the seeds

— There aren’t many instances in which community volunteerism is a problem for non-profit groups in Craig and Moffat County.

Last week, on Thursday and Saturday to be exact, one could see another example of this.

On those days, the Craig Lions Club hosted its 9News Health Fair, offering free or discounted medical screenings to seniors and anyone older than 18 years old, respectively.

These events were available partly through the selfless volunteering and giving of others.

There could be no better example of this than the story of four local men – Marvin Pearson, Stu Nadler, Al Shepherd and Jim Meineke – who are members of the Lions Club.

Combined, the men have more than 150 years of volunteer experience.

Incredibly, there are other people, many other people in fact, in our community who exemplify the true spirit of volunteerism, Editorial Board members said.

Craig and Moffat County should count itself lucky that it has people willing to sacrifice their own time for good causes on behalf of others. As has been stated in this space before, in today’s warp speed world, time is as valuable a commodity as anything else, and no one has enough of it.

However, the Editorial Board wonders whether our community will always be so fortunate to have so many volunteers. Like voting, volunteerism and a sense of community service seem to be traits more fully possessed by older generations.

But, what happens when those older generations are no longer available to volunteer? Will today’s younger generations, as they grow into adulthood and mature, fill that void?

The Editorial Board believes our community’s numerous nonprofit and community-service groups should be proactive and start recruiting younger members now, rather than wait and possibly be understaffed later.

Recruiting younger now accomplishes at least two things: it prepares for the future and plants the seeds early in younger generations about the importance of community service and good citizenship.

Right now, volunteerism is something that runs in abundance in our community. But it may not always be that way, and we must do what we can to protect tomorrow today.


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