Plan to Volunteer
“Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August.” -Jenny Han (American Author)
We have likely had one of the oddest summers on record due to the pandemic. Summer is when our city and community shines as bright as the sun. Yes, all festivals have been postponed and many places are conducting business differently, but we can still enjoy the beautiful weather safely. I am sure everyone must see the changes around them. I am hoping things will return to a sense of what they once were, if we all work together.
We are known as “Festival City” due to our abundance of year-round festivals. When things get running again, let’s give all the support we can – for example, by volunteering. Volunteering is not only valuable for the organizers, it is valuable for us all!
I have met incredible people through volunteering, and despite having a physical disability, it seems I always manage to be included. In fact, this paper is run by a large number of volunteers! I am a proud volunteer columnist.
Being involved is stimulating and educational. So, as our summer comes to a close, remember there will be another summer next year. In the meantime, let’s help each other to do our best. Together, a community can be inclusive and powerful.
Ian is a columnist with the paper. He lives in the area.