Letters to the Editor

Unsung heroes enrich islands

Volunteer Recognition Week is April 18 to 24, 2010 and Island County is pleased to join organizations and communities throughout the state in honoring the many volunteers who make a positive impact on our communities. These are often unsung heroes who weave the rich fabric of our community and make Island County such a desirable place to live.

Hundreds of community members voluntarily offer their time and talents to the various citizen committees advising the commissioners in matters as varied as water resources, tourism promotion, affordable housing and community health. Many other volunteer groups support county programs and include Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), the Sheriff’s Citizens Patrol, the Senior Centers, Law and Justice Committee, CASA, WAIF, FETCH, Adopt-a-Park groups, and the many WSU Extension sponsored programs. This is just a portion of the numerous volunteer efforts we appreciate this week.

Our islands are blessed with many local organizations who also depend upon the generous support of thousands of volunteer hours to provide important services to our citizens such as the Red Cross, the local food banks, Hearts and Hammers and the volunteer firefighters, just to mention a few. Their dedication often goes without adequate recognition.

The Island County Board of Commissioners appreciate the contributions of our local volunteers. They truly embody the spirit of our island communities.

Helen Price Johnson,

Board of Island County Commissioners

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