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April 12, 2019



Did you know that the week of April 6 to April 13 is National Volunteer Appreciation Week?

It is an opportunity to celebrate and honor the generosity, goodwill and the commitment of service to and giving in our community.

The Edmonds Library functions optimally with our wonderful volunteers, who give hundreds of hours each year to enhance and improve library services.

They help with logistics at our programs, from those greeting attendees at events and handing out feedback forms; teens who help tutor younger students to help post book reviews on the bulletin board; and bibliophiles who search for books to fulfill hold requests, clean and organize books.

The library is fortunate to have volunteers lead some of our most popular programs.

Chantal Burns and Ella Doo are trained tutors who help adults practice English at Talk Time on Fridays at 11 a.m. Also, AARP Tax Aide has IRS certified volunteers, led by Larry Rafferty on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Sno-Isle Libraries has a special President’s Volunteer Service award that’s presented to volunteers for donating 100-plus hours in a calendar year.

We have three such volunteers honored for their work: Anke Gray, who files holds on Thursdays; Chris Linell, for filing DVDs on Friday mornings; and Mary Zandona, for gathering customer hold requested items on Saturday mornings.

These hardworking individuals have tirelessly donated their time and energy to the Edmonds Library and their community.

All acts to volunteer and give back are vital to make a healthy, vibrant community. I see it in the dedication of parents and teachers at Maplewood, where my kids go to school.

I see it in the partnerships the library has with local organizations like the Chamber of Commerce, which is dependent on community volunteers to run events like the popular 4th of July festivities, Taste Edmonds and the Classic Car Show.

No partnerships seem as poignant or needed as the folks who work at the Edmonds Food Bank. The library does a quarterly visit on Tuesday mornings, where we give library cards, make people aware of library services and offer research services for some 300 recipient families whose primary concern is food security.

It is impressive that almost the entire food bank staff are volunteers who commit thousands of hours each month to run a longstanding and valuable service to the community.

Starting with Casey Hills, the director, you see the organizational skills, commitment and compassion from a dedicated volunteer corps for some of the most vulnerable members in our society, from gathering and sharing nutritious food donations Monday evening and Tuesday morning.

Edmonds has another active and vibrant volunteer group with the Friends of the Edmonds Library. They have over 175 members who fundraise through the ongoing and annual book sale to support library programs, facility, and service enhancements, and help build a community of library users through their advocacy to promote the importance of the library.

Their main fundraiser is the annual Friend book sale on the last Saturday in October. The group also has a book sale area in the library that raises tens of thousands of dollars a year to support the library.

I want to acknowledge the work of the entire ongoing book sale volunteer group, but in particular Jim and Judy Forgery for their countless hours of collecting books not only for the library but also for the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Boys & Girls club – a true labor of love.

This is a time to celebrate the impact of volunteers in our community and to say thank you for your passion and commitment where all these individual efforts lead to what makes Edmonds the great community it is.

To volunteer and join:

  • The Edmonds Library: 425-771-1933
  • Friends of the Edmonds Library: edmondslibfriends@gmail.com
  • The Edmonds Food Bank: 425-778-5833
  • Edmonds Chamber of Commerce: 425-670-1496

 

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