Press Editorial

August 30, 2011

By Staff

Volunteer opportunities abound in the fall

As summer and its busy weekends wind down, kids are back in school and life gets back to a routine. It’s time to think about new activities.

Fall might mean a new computer class or getting back into a fitness program, signing up the kids for extracurricular activities — or volunteering.

If a onetime commitment to volunteering is preferred, think about helping out at the Salmon Days Festival. Now, that’s fun! Did you know it takes nearly 500 volunteers to help out? Salmon Days is Oct. 1-2.

The Salmon Days Volunteer Party is Sept. 7. Attend for a free dinner and pick up your ohfishal T-shirt. Volunteer opportunities can involve your whole family or just you. Choose to help at the shuttle bus stops or the information booth or the bike corral or the parade line-up — the list is extensive!

Schools also need numerous volunteers, either in the office or the classroom. Youth groups are calling for Scout leaders, Sunday school teachers and coaches.

Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and the Issaquah History Museums need more docents — hosts who can answer questions from visitors. The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust has many outdoor projects in Issaquah if you like to plant trees or pull weeds.

There’s a club in Issaquah for just about every interest and most are all seeking new members this fall, whether it’s to raise a guide dog puppy, raise funds for scholarships or use your ham radio skills in emergencies.

Fall also means election time and there are good City Council and school board candidates who would welcome some volunteer help.

In many ways, fall is so different from summer that it’s like the beginning of a new year. Use this time to reflect on how your new year can make a difference in Issaquah — already a great place to live.

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