Everyday volunteers make a difference in our life, our community and our world. Just take a look around you and you can see their mark everywhere.
In Cherokee County you can look at the Public Library in almost every town, Cherokee Regional Medical and Wellness Center, Western Iowa Tech Community College and Convention Center, Bacon Aquatic Center, the Cleghorn and Aurelia Community Center, just to name a few.
All of these took many volunteer hours to help plan, raise funds and see these projects through to completion.
Every event that happens in Cherokee County (Watermelon Days; Quimby, Hazard Days; Meriden, Larrabee Fun Days, Aurelia Summer Celebration and the many events that take place in Marcus and Cherokee) it takes many volunteers to implement.
Some people volunteer to take tickets, work booths or make or serve food. But a lot happens that no one every sees. The people that drive posters around to area convenience store bulletin boards, those that devote their many talents to create posters, signs, tickets, etc.
You never hear about the many volunteers that fold paper, stuff envelopes, staple or tape fliers to go into the mail. These volunteers are all irreplaceable they serve as the foundation for our events, various groups, churches and organizations. Without this selfless help many things would just go undone.
We are fortunate to live in what I will describe as a connected community. In the connected community people volunteer, they are generous with their time and talents. They reap reward by helping out and by being engaged in their community. They give freely and make a real difference in the quality of life that can be offered to them and everyone else that lives or visits here.
By volunteering you make a difference but you also make a connection. You interact with people who want to be interacted with and you make changes that people respect and yearn for. Seek to make a difference.
Reach out and touch people's lives. Work together with other like minded people to influence the projects in your community and change your community for the better.
Volunteers are not limited to any age brackets we need your help whether you are a family with young children and you want to teach your children the joy of being involved or you are 90+ years old.
There is a place for you in the volunteer pool. Make it a goal to become involved and volunteer this year, you'll certainly find that the more you give the more you get.
To become a volunteer please contact: Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation, toll-free 1-800-325-5739 or 225-5739 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will be happy to place you on our county volunteer database. Act today!