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Make sure our community events get needed support: Editorial

Posted 6/20/18

We are blessed with many great community events in our area.

One of them just took place: the annual Arts & Crafts Fair held June 9 at Hoffer Park. Its roots stretch back to the …

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Make sure our community events get needed support: Editorial

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We are blessed with many great community events in our area.

One of them just took place: the annual Arts & Crafts Fair held June 9 at Hoffer Park. Its roots stretch back to the mid-1970s.

There are events such as National Night Out, the Kuppy’s Diner Cruise-In and many others that help draw people to this area, and help show off the positive things going on here.

Most of the time, these events go off without a hitch. That’s not luck. That’s hard work by the organizers. Hours and hours of time are spent, often over the course of an entire year, trying to see to every detail, so that everything runs smoothly.

Much like referees in football, who get the most notoriety when things go wrong, organizers and volunteers don’t get much notice or recognition unless there is a problem. Indeed, many of them don’t seek the spotlight. They do it because they love to lend a hand and support the cause.

But times have changed, and we are always concerned about what the future holds when it comes to the supply of volunteer hours and the demand that exists.

There are only so many hours in a day. People work more, just to make ends meet. Residents can only do so much with their free time, which seems to be less and less when compared to decades past. Service clubs and fraternal organizations — which often spearhead community events — struggle to bring in new members, and members who remain often are older.

Maybe some residents don’t feel the sense of community involvement they once did. Maybe some believe others will step up and do all the hard work, because someone else always has.

Or maybe many residents simply don’t know that help is needed. A lack of support isn’t always on residents not stepping up when help is needed. Sometimes it’s because they don’t know to reach out and lend a hand. Often, events and organizations can do a better job of saying they need help, including through the pages of the Press & Journal.

With that being said, if there is an event you love or a cause you deeply support, make sure you show it. Even if an organization or event seems to be on solid ground, it doesn’t mean it can’t use a hand.

We understand that many of our community events need financial support. While we are fortunate to still have community-oriented businesses around, we also have lost a number over the years. We just don’t have the depth of locally owned businesses that had the freedom and were empowered to support local events in our communities.

We want to say thank you to all who lend their time, from big events such as National Night Out to fundraisers for the local church. For the fundraisers that bring in thousands to those that bring in hundreds, all take hard work.

Try to find something you are passionate about and support it. It’s easier to make time for something you really care about. The community will be better for it.