Volunteers are vital to small towns
Published: Thursday, June 6th, 2013
In this week’s issue of the Custer County Chronicle, there is a front page story regarding the need for more volunteers on the Gold Discovery Days committee. This is becoming less and less of a unique occurrence, as committees and service organizations across our area, state and country have more and more people unwilling or unable to donate their time. Volunteerism, is, unfortunately going the way of the Dodo Bird. That’s why it is so important we recognize those who give of their time and talents for the benefit of others.
Gold Discovery Days doesn’t just happen. There are thousands of man hours spent behind the scenes making sure things run smoothly. The same can be said with any small town celebration during the summer. In some cases, the committees are made up of only two or three people who don’t want to see long standing traditions fade away. These jobs are often thankless, but necessary. Without them, thousands of people wouldn’t have the great time they have every summer.
There are many in this town that go above and beyond in giving of their time to volunteer on committees and look for the greater good. Every town needs a Patti Lee, a Diane Dennis, a Jim Lyon II. Whether it’s being a part of the board for The Storehouse, The Custer Arts Council, the Custer Area Historical Society or a volunteer on the Custer Fire Department, volunteers are what make a community what it is. Without them we would be a stagnant town, with nothing to see, nothing to do and much fewer people to turn to when we have a fire or need a ride on an ambulance. Volunteers are the engines that keep our city running.
We understand that many people simply don’t have time to volunteer. Many households in the United States these days are two-income households, where both parents are working 40 to 60 hours a week while also trying to maintain their home, raise their children, attend concerts, games, etc., do the shopping and deal with all of the other various curveballs that life throw at us. Many people want to volunteer, but they can’t find the time or don’t know where to start in offering to volunteer. If you are one of those who would like to help but don’t know where to start, the Custer Area Chamber of Commerce is a good place to ask. The chamber has the pulse of the community, and may be able to direct you to boards, committees or other service organizations that are starving for volunteers and members, as most are.
If you see a volunteer this week, tell them thanks for all they do. More importantly, if you have time to give, do so. Even if it’s only for a few hours a week, every little bit helps. While donating money to charities, events, etc., is also greatly appreciated, many entities would much rather have bodies to pitch in a hand as opposed to money. We salute all of the volunteers within our community. We know things wouldn’t happen without the hard work of people like you.
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