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Thankful For Volunteers


There are many reasons for Transylvanians to be thankful: the natural beauty, four mild seasons, good schools, low crime rate, cultural and artistic opportunities, etc. While all of these items make living here enjoyable, they are not necessarily unique. Other places have siimilar attributes.

The thing that truly sets this community apart are the number of people who donate money and volunteer their times and efforts to improve the quality of life for individuals and the community at large.

A review of last Thursday’s paper. published on Nov. 19, gives a small but accurate representation of the amount of volunteerism that occurs in this community:

•The Brevard Planning Board discussed short-term rentals, which could have an impact on individual incomes and tourism.

•Transylvania Natural Resources Council listened to and discussed efforts to restore hemlocks that help prevent riverbank erosion and keep water temperatures cool, thus benefiting local aquatic life.

•Salvation Army volunteers began their bell ringing to inspire Christmas donations.

•The members of the Board of Elections wrote a letter thanking all of the poll workers, who not only spend time overseeing voting on election day and early voting, but also spend time being trained as a poll worker.

•Some Brevard Middle School students expressed appreciation to AAUW for their scholarships to attend classes at Clemson University this past summer. The AAUW could not have provided all of those scholarships without the hundreds of people who donate books for the AAUW’s annual book sale.

•Sharing House announced its collaboration with Highland Books to provide books to needy children as part of the Angel Tree/Christmas Blessings program.

•The Transylvania Endowment announced local recipients of grants totaling $63,826. Those grants went to organizations like the Bread of Life, which feeds the hungry, and Muddy Sneakers, which gets youth outdoors and helps students experience nature and science firsthand.

•Students from the Outdoor Academy volunteered time to paint and clean at El Centro.

•Volunteers took and submitted photos of animals in need of adoption at the county Animal Shelter.

•The Hunger Coalition announced details of its forum on hunger in the county.

•SAFE announced a forum on teenagers and social media.

This list is not completely comprehensive because it does not include the volunteer work being done by students, churches or regular activities undertaken by various organizations. Yet, it does give an indication of the amount and variety of volunteer work that is being done here at any time of the year.

For the newspaper itself, we are especially grateful for those individuals who write regular columns, report for their organizations, submit letters and photos, or send items that they think might be of interest to the community.

There are many reasons we have to be thankful this holiday season. Near the very top of the list are those people who spend their time and money helping make this community an exceptional place to live.


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