Monday, September 26, 2022

Where Are the Young Volunteers?

Dear Editor,

I overheard a conversation at the Fair that hit home. The lovely man said, “There are only 80 year olds to take down the tables. There aren’t any young people here to help.”

That made me think about the rest of the community groups and what is happening. There are too few young people replacing the old people who have worked so hard for decades to provide what the community takes for granted. Everything from Bingo to parades to charity fundraisers to ice time to bursaries to paying for a flag, social groups have made the town the warm place it is. BUT who will do it when we are gone?

Please remind your readers that the town the young inherit depends on them. We have done our share.

Sincerely,

Roberta Docherty, Meaford

Editor’s Note: Sadly the issue is widespread, and the reasons are many, but perhaps none more important than the fact that volunteerism requires the luxury of spare time, and sometimes even resources, and with young people juggling two or three jobs just to afford to rent, a tiny apartment, and put cheap processed food on the table, volunteering tends to fall down the priority list.

 

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