LETER: Decline in volunteering sure to affect quality of community life

To Ozaukee Press:

We here in Wisconsin sure do enjoy our summers. Events like Fish Day, the local picnics, music festivals, the state and county fairs are nice diversions. However, do you realize that these events are almost all volunteer labor?

I worked Fish Day for 15 years running the Jaycee Fish Day stand and the car show. It was a huge event in the 1980s and 1990s. I see the event getting smaller each year as people are not doing as much volunteering any more.

In the larger picture, fire departments, emergency help, family support and security operations are mainly volunteer as well.

Picnics and festivals make profits which are donated back to the community—a lot of money. Volunteering gives a great deal of satisfaction seeing the result of your labor and having the enjoyment of working with like-minded people.

Everyone is having problems getting volunteer help. Many organizations have already ceased to function. The time is coming quickly when these events will have to shut down because of the lack of volunteers.

Our young people need to realize this is about their future.

Larry Folz
Port Washington

 

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