There are only a very few aspects of a community that mean as much to me as a city’s volunteer spirit. Why? Because it takes a special person and a special way of looking at ones’ role in the community to contribute time, energy and ideas to the place they love.
Greeley has a long history of philanthropy and volunteerism. It goes way back. In the years from Greeley’s founding in 1870 to 1890 when the first college building opened, residents had already collected $10,000 from mostly local donors to construct the first building for the State Normal School (now the University of Northern Colorado). In fact, even the land for the buildings was donated.
That tradition continues with current day residents’ strong support for non-profit organizations and volunteer efforts that range from Stampede Wranglers, youth sports coaches and Museums volunteers to Civic Center, Poudre Trail and victim advocates volunteers. Not to mention all of the residents who assist City staff by applying for and participating on the City’s boards and commissions.
Interesting fact. Among cities in Colorado with populations under 300,000, Greeley ranks 3rd with 24 boards and commissions.
When you add up the time and expertise donated by these residents, it totals hundreds of thousands of hours and dollars. Simply put. We wouldn’t have a community without these volunteers.
In January we recognized our board and commission members at a very modest reception. It was just our way of saying thanks for showing their city some love. How appropriate that it occurred as Valentine’s Day approaches. Whenever you encounter a community volunteer, be sure to tell them thanks for all they do.
Roy H. Otto