Lend­ing a hand

Co­droy Val­ley Come Home Year needs more vol­un­teers

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - NEWS - BY ROS­ALYN ROY THE GULF NEWS Ros­alyn.roy@gulfnews.ca Twit­ter: @tyger­lylly

CO­DROY VAL­LEY, NL – The 2017 Co­droy Val­ley Come Home Year Com­mit­tee could use some help.

Chair­per­son Frank AuCoin says even a cou­ple of hours would help make a dif­fer­ence to en­sure ev­ery­thing runs ac­cord­ing to sched­ule.

Peo­ple con­cerned their sched­ules could be im­pacted might find vol­un­teer­ing for a task like work­ing on the front gate would al­low them to bet­ter re­con­nect, or even run into old friends.

“Go on the front gate for a few hours,” sug­gested AuCoin. “It’ll give you a chance to chat or to meet peo­ple.”

For small busi­ness own­ers or artists look­ing to grow their cus­tomer base, vol­un­teer­ing for a short time would pro­vide an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to net­work and show com­mu­nity sup­port.

Mem­bers of sev­eral groups have signed on to vol­un­teer at Come Home Year, and AuCoin says those in­ter­ested in help­ing can sim­ply reach out to any of them. These groups in­clude Ocean­view Se­niors, St. Kevin’s Guild, Co­droy Val­ley Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment, P J Cooney Knights of Colum­bus, and the South Branch So­cial Club.

The Come Home Year Com­mit­tee is still look­ing for enough vol­un­teers to help fill sev­eral hun­dred hours dur­ing the week­long event, sched­uled to take place July 31- Aug. 6.

AuCoin is hope­ful peo­ple will step for­ward to help en­sure the cel­e­bra­tions are a suc­cess. Vol­un­teer­ing through the clubs will also of­fer div­i­dends in the long run.

Al­though the Come Home Year is a non-profit event, any left­over funds raised will be pro­vided to the groups in di­rect pro­por­tion with how many hours mem­bers vol­un­teered.

“We hope at the end of the day we are go­ing to have monies left over to do this,” said AuCoin, who says the 10-year in­ter­vals be­tween Come Home Year events means no funds will be kept in the cof­fers for fu­ture cel­e­bra­tions.

Now that fes­tiv­i­ties are only a few weeks away, the com­mit­tee is fo­cus­ing on ad­ver­tis­ing and fi­nal­iz­ing last-minute de­tails.

A Jiggs din­ner was re­cently added to the sched­ule of events, and mu­si­cal guests will in­clude pop­u­lar mu­si­cal acts like Breeze Band and the Isle aux Morts Boys. Events also in­clude an ec­u­meni­cal ser­vice, potluck, hik­ing, soft­ball, Her­itage Days, and more.

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