Let’s make Cedar Rapids the “Volunteer Capital of the World!”
Volunteering allows us to do more with less, leverage volunteers in our services, and build a stronger community where people feel connected to one another. When people feel connected to the community it helps create a stronger workforce, too.
After the 2008 flood and during our recent September 2016 flood scare, an army of volunteers materialized, with each person wanting to help, to be a part of the effort. We will find ways to enlist and engage those volunteers in meaningful volunteer opportunities that will continue to benefit our City, our schools, our neighborhoods, our parks and the volunteers themselves.
We can do this by working with one or more existing organizations that already have a process to recruit, train and engage volunteers. We can widen and grow the volunteer opportunities. We could launch this effort with a weekend of volunteering on the anniversary of that September 2016 weekend when our community saved the city from the rising waters.
And that fifth season we have here in Cedar Rapids–”a season to enjoy the other four”–may need to change to “a season to enjoy the other four and to give back.”