Monday, January 6, 2014

Happy New Year! Are you looking for another resolution for 2014?

By Beth Sullivan and Heather Milardo
“It’s well known that ‘making a difference’, makes us happier and healthier: People who volunteer live longer.” (AARP Bulletin, January 2014)
By now we hope you understand that our organization is not just about holding on to the land and enjoying it. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes in order to help the organization uphold its mission of conservation. Can you help us? We are looking for your skills and a little time; volunteers that can help in various ways throughout the organization.
Do you enjoy organizing fundraisers or special events? Can you research and write grants? We are looking to grow our organization and would welcome your talents on our Development team.
Avalonia President Michelle Fitzpatrick addresses the audience at last fall's community presentation.  Many volunteers helped create this event; were you one of them? 

Do you enjoy writing? Can you offer ideas about marketing and member recruitment? We are actively working toward increasing our connection with the community. This blog is just one way. We also have a Facebook page, publish a quarterly newsletter, and put out an Annual Report, but we want to do more. Your help with Public Relations and community outreach would be most appreciated.
Can you organize and lead? Right now the PR and Development Committee Chair is vacant. It is a Board Position and involves organizing all the people who may work on the aspects just described above.
Do you enjoy working with people and making new connections? The Personnel Committee oversees and organizes volunteers in all capacities. When a new member joins Avalonia, we want to be able to not only welcome them into the organization, but find ways they can best use their talents for a greater good.
Are you a numbers person? We are in need of a book-keeper to help in the office and also a Treasurer who will be part of the Board.
As we enter this New Year, Avalonia’s Executives , Board of Directors and a special committee are working on developing a far reaching strategic plan that will lead us into the next years. We invite you to be a part of that.

So “people who volunteer live longer”? Here’s to a long and happy life!
Photo by Jim Sullivan.

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