The Good News | Guest Column
October 5, 2011 · 9:59 AM
by DIDIER GINCIG
There is plenty of good news in the world of volunteerism contributing to Orcas Island’s strong and healthy community. It’s uplifting to know there are people who give their time, be it with a service organization, cooking a meal for someone in need, or offering time to children, elderly, and those who may benefit from community support. Every day in many ways there are volunteers offering their time to be helpful. There are many examples of generosity and ways to be of service.
Mercy flights are flown free of charge to help people who have routine life-saving medical appointments who would perhaps have to move to the mainland to access that level of medical care. Our library is thriving thanks to volunteer support. Volunteers drive vans so people can make it to senior lunches. Volunteers help our state park stay clean and healthy. Every school on the island has individuals who offer their time, expertise, and kindness to children. Many EMTs are there for people who are treated with skills that are gained through a plethora of training hours. Hospice volunteers are honored to help during the last days and hours of a life. Volunteers contribute their time and energy on boards and committees that serve the island in a variety of ways such as affordable housing, health care, arts and culture, economy and business, the natural environment, social services, sports and recreation, and faith-based organizations.
It would require pages to mention the huge amount of volunteer efforts on the island. For a list of over one hundred service organizations that you may be interested in participating with or just to know what is happening, visit the Orcas Island Community Foundation’s website http://oicf.us/oicf/directory.
How do you volunteer your time, skills, and kindness to help make this island such a pleasant place to be? What is your good news? Reply to this story and tell us.
Didier Gincig is an Orcas Island resident.