A Celebration of Volunteerism in Whatcom County
WHATCOM COUNTY, WASH. (April 2021) – Everyone is invited to celebrate the impact of local volunteers in a virtual celebration hosted by the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County on Thursday, April 22 as a part of National Volunteer Week.
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.
National Volunteer Week
Thursday, April 22
12 – 1 pm
Online via Zoom
This event is open to anyone who volunteers or wants to volunteer in Whatcom County!
Join us to celebrate volunteers in Whatcom County! Throughout this difficult time, volunteers have continued to show up for their neighbors and community. Even though the nature of volunteering has changed dramatically during the pandemic, volunteers continue to be an incredible source of support for both individuals and the community as a whole. Join the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County at this event as we honor our community’s efforts, share what we’ve learned over the last year, and work to regain some of the emotional rewards and personal connections volunteers lost during the pandemic. This is a time to come together, connect with other volunteers and welcome those who are new to volunteering!
Attendees will have the chance to:
Celebrate the impact volunteers have throughout Whatcom County
Feel supported and learn new skills as we recognize the emotional toll this last year has taken
Connect with other volunteers and share what they’ve learned
Learn about volunteer opportunities
Learn more: www.whatcomvolunteer.org