Lending a hand
Codroy Valley Come Home Year needs more volunteers
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.