Thank a vol­un­teer

The Queens County Advance - - EDITORIAL -

ol­un­teers make our com­mu­nity work. Re­ally there’s just no other way to put it. With­out them we would lose so much that makes Queens County such a great place to live.

We ask a lot from our vol­un­teers. Some­times it seems the same face shows up over and over again in the dif­fer­ent vol­un­teer or­ga­ni­za­tions too. If a com­mit­tee doesn’t have enough work­ers, they take on the job them­selves. Where they find the en­ergy is a mys­tery, even to them. Many cof­fee runs are likely in­volved.

No doubt at times they won­der if it is all worth it. Well, it is. Our com­mu­nity would not be the same with­out them.

Take a look at the fes­ti­vals listed in the Queens County Vis­i­tor’s Guide that came in The Ad­vance last week. There are five ma­jor fes­ti­vals go­ing on this year, plus many smaller ones. None of those would ex­its with­out our vol­un­teers.

Our vol­un­teers do more than keep us en­ter­tained though. Vol­un­teers are pre­serv­ing our light­houses. Vol­un­teers look af­ter our lands. Vol­un­teers help the dis­ad­van­taged.

Vol­un­teers can be found in our schools, han­dling things like the read­ing pro­gram. Some would claim that is what the teach­ers are paid to do. How­ever teach­ers al­ready do so much with the limited re­sources they have. Ev­ery ad­van­tage we give our chil­dren is worth it, and the vol­un­teers know that.

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