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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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