Editorial: Psst, it’s Volunteer Week


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Posted Online: April 25, 2013, 3:03 pm
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The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus
Psst, did you know that this is National Volunteer Week?

Perhaps it slipped your mind as you found yourself up to your elbows in sand while filling bags to protect a friend, relative or stranger's property. Or maybe you were a volunteer firefighter busily evacuating residents in the path of a threatened levy. Perhaps you're still knee deep in muck, wielding scrub brushes and bleach-soaked towels, cleaning up after receding flood waters.
Or maybe you've spent your "leisure" time this week sitting with a hospice patient, spelling a home caregiver, working on a Habitat House, coaching a girl's softball or Little League team, leading a Girl Scout troop, or fundraising for United Way. Or any of a host of other duties volunteers perform each day to make the Quad-Cities such a wonderful place to live.

Though America remains a society of capitalists and entrepreneurs, thank goodness we're also a nation of caring friends and neighbors who take pride in our communities and an active interest in bettering the lives of others.

It is to celebrate the contributions of civic leaders like our Quad-Cities neighbors busily providing flood relief this week that National Volunteer Week was established in 1974. Despite leading busier and busier lives, we're happy to note that our active corps of volunteers has not shrunk.

According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, some 64 million Americans volunteer nearly 8 billion hours each year in services valued at $171 billion. And those are just the folks who are counted by organizations. They don't include, for example, many of the Quad-Citians who simply jumped in and rolled up their sleeves to battle recent flood waters.

Also in Viewpoints today, Betsy Pratt, regional chief executive officer of the American Red Cross, celebrates the contributions of Red Cross volunteers in this week's floods and throughout the year. We join her in offering our heartfelt thanks to those who rushed to the aid of their neighbors this last week and all year long.

Albert Schweitzer said, "Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him." Hats off to all the scores of Q-C volunteers who do not turn away from that need and instead strive to fill it however they can.

















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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