April 1, 2021

Summer Starr
Opportunity Council
360-734-5121 ext. 212

A Celebration of Volunteerism in Whatcom County

Everyone is invited to celebrate the impact of local volunteers in a virtual celebration hosted by the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County on Thursday, April 22 as a part of National Volunteer Week.

Volunteerism in Whatcom County is alive and well, despite the impacts of the Covid-19 Pandemic and the closure of several volunteer programs. New programs have sprouted up, and local residents continue to find ways to give back.

“Before COVID-19, the level of volunteer engagement in our community was astounding,” said Summer Starr, Coordinator of the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County. “The circumstances have changed, but the willingness of the community to step up to offer support hasn’t. From Food Bank deliveries to adapting tutoring programs to online environments, we have seen a lot of dedicated service during this time.” And as immunizations become common, organizations are anticipating new volunteer activities opening up soon.

Local governments throughout Whatcom County are coordinating to issue proclamations recognizing National Volunteer Week, April 18-24. These proclamations recognize the individuals who selflessly invest in the lives of others.

Volunteers have been an incredible source of support during this difficult time. The April 22 event will recognize the impact they have made in our community, as well as offer some activities for emotional resilience. The nature of volunteering has changed dramatically during the pandemic and some of the emotional connection and reward has often been lost with social distancing. This event is a time to come together, connect with other volunteers and, for those who are new to volunteering, to learn about the good work that can be joined.

        We acknowledge that Whatcom County is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. They cared for the lands that included what we’d call the Puget Sound region, Vancouver Island and British Columbia since time immemorial. This gives us the great obligation and opportunity to learn how to care for our surrounding areas and all the natural and human resources we require to live. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
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