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.
Learn more about volunteer and about the April 22 event at www.whatcomvolunteer.org.