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A salutre to those who volunteer their time to make our community better
2021 was a difficult year for many. There were many Covid-19 related hospitalizations and deaths. So, it's still difficult for many to be thankful when so many are still suffering. However, we should reflect today on ways to count our blessings and to reflect on the positive contributions so many people make on our lives.
I suggest that we express our thanks to the many volunteers in town who have made life better for all of us.
1) The COVID ANGELS-- Early this year, when it was extremely difficult for seniors and people with medical issues to get the vaccine, a group of 300+ volunteers spent hours every day and night helping people obtain vaccine appointments. They learned how to navigate the system and helped over 4,000 residents get the help they needed. They are unsung heroes.
2) Our volunteer firefighters-- When there is a fire our volunteer firefighters are ready and willing to do whatever it takes to keep us safe. They respond at 2 AM when most of us are sleeping, on holidays, during parties, on weekends and evenings.
3) Our volunteer Ambulance Corp members--who respond to calls for medical help at all hours --without much recognition or thanks. My guess is that most people who need the services of volunteer ambulance corp members don't realize that the volunteers are not on the government payroll.
4) Our Civic Association activists --who spend thousands of hours advocating for their neighbors.
5) Appointed members of Board & Commissions--they are volunteers who serve on different Boards and make recommendations to the town, without pay. Members of some of our Boards have the ability to make decisions, not just advise. They don't get paid.
6) Our snow angels --who volunteer their time clearing driveways of seniors and disabled residents of snow after each storm without accepting pay.
7) Our landscape angels - who volunteer their time providing seniors who can't afford landscapers the ability of making their property more presentable.
8) Our Little League coaches and volunteers, PTA leaders, School Board members who work hard to give students a chance to enjoy sports activities and to prepare for a great life.
9) Members of the Rotary, Kiwanis Clubs and other clubs. they always donate to worthy local causes.
10 The Gullota Foundation--earlier this year they donated a chair lift for a resident of the Greenburgh Housing Authority who is disabled and was unable to comfortably get from her second floor bedroom down the steps. This foundation does lots of good.
11) Volunteers who stock the Greenburgh Neighborhood Health Center cupboard with food each week so the hungry can eat a good meal. Many of the volunteers are students. Some volunteers also hellp other food pantries in Dobbs Ferry, Greenburgh and elsewhere.
12) Student interns who donate their time helping local businessess survive with their social media skills.
13) Many volunteers who donate their time to help some local charities and non profits.
14) Our veterans committee members who freely advocate for fellow veterans.
15) Our TV angels who volunteer their time removing old TVs from residents home and taking the heavy TVs to the highway garage with no compensation
These are just some of our heroes who give of themselves to help others --for free, with expecting thanks, money or recognition. They deserve our appreciation. On Thanksgiving let us say THANK YOU!