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Mayor’s memo Celebrating Bloomington’s volunteers

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Bloomington Briefing Published April 5, 2022
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By Mayor Tim Busse

We appreciate you, volunteers! Volunteer Appreciation Week will be celebrated April 17 – 23. Each year, we take this week as an opportunity to recognize the time and service volunteers give in Bloomington. Volunteers have donated their time and talents serving on boards, commissions, advisory task forces and committees. They have contributed time to beautify parks, coach a sport, usher at arts and culture shows, support the Farmers Market, assist with vaccine clinics and help with large initiatives like Bloomington. Tomorrow. Together. Volunteers help make our city resilient.

“During the pandemic, we still have people who are willing to go above and beyond, not only to give their time but to serve the community in which they live,” Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator Jean Sanon said. “Without volunteers, a lot of the programs and opportunities that we provide would not be able to function. And for them, we are forever grateful.”

The City couldn’t have provided more than 20,000 doses of vaccine without a dedicated Medical Reserve Corps volunteers.

“Medical Reserve Corps volunteers offered their time and for that we are grateful,” Public Health Specialist Amanda Lemke said. “When the time came for ‘all hands on deck,’ you answered the call and went above and beyond.”

Whether you’re volunteering in the Medical Reserve Corps, helping create the City’s next strategic plan or assisting with a variety of Parks and Recreation programs or activities, you’re making a difference. Volunteering is a cornerstone of community and civic engagement. The economic impact is vast but there are other benefits, too—things that can be harder to measure. It’s good for the community, for the volunteers and for those served. People are fed, illnesses are treated, animals are rescued, the environment is conserved—and the community is better for it.

Are you interested in finding a way to give back to your community? For more information on volunteer opportunities, visit blm.mn/volunteer.