Here is the letter to the editor that I submitted to this week’s Canby Herald:
To the editor:
It was National Volunteer Appreciation Week in mid-April and before the month closes I wanted to reflect on the powerful impact that hundreds of generous Canby volunteers make in our city each year.
I have a special place in my heart for volunteers, as I have worked with so many and have witnessed the profound positive change they make in the world.
To single out a few, thank you to the CTV-5 volunteers for keeping us informed, the Canby Kiwanis volunteers who recently donated $50,000 to the new library project, the Bridging Cultures volunteers who have created a free ELL class for more than 80 adults this spring, the Rotary volunteers for their donation of $4,000 worth of books for our elementary school students this month, the Lions Club volunteers who conducted the school vision screening last fall (and noticed that my youngest daughter needs glasses), the local JustServ.org volunteers who organized a new outreach effort this March called Canby Fights Hunger Days, the American Legion which serve breakfast every Sunday morning, Canby Center volunteers for the many needy families they touch each week, the dozens of library volunteers who shelf thousands of books each month, the many volunteers who serve on the City of Canby’s boards and committees, the Zoar volunteers who serve free community meals every Tuesday night, the Canby Adult Center lunch servers and Meals on Wheels drivers, the parent coaches who are the backbone of youth sports, the volunteer firefighters who help save lives, the Food Bank and Food Pantry volunteers at St. Patrick’s and Canby Alliance, the Friends of the Library volunteers who sell books and run the 4th of July book sale, and the countless parents and community members who work in our public school classrooms every day.
Thank you for helping make Canby such a livable, neighborly place. This community needs you. And we value what you do.
Canby City Councilor