It’s National Volunteer Week!

Hello Green Cities, welcome to National Volunteer Week 2012!

While we are pretty much beside ourselves with gratitude for our volunteers every single week, we’re jumping on the bandwagon to take this extra chance to celebrate the people who make Green Cities the program it is.

Thank you volunteers!!

We couldn’t have done it without you. This week, the Green Cities Network is 6 cities strong (welcome Everett!), working on the ground to restore and maintain our public urban greenspaces all over the Puget Sound. Hundreds of acres are in active restoration. Tons of ivy and blackberry have been removed from our parks and natural areas. Thousands of native trees, shrubs, and groundcover plants have been planted.

In 2011, Green Cities Network volunteers donated 100,000 hours to urban natural area restoration! That is amazing. Thank you so much for everything you do to keep our cities healthier, our water and air cleaner, our communities more vibrant! There’s no way we could say it enough, but thank you.

President Obama’s official proclamation encourages you to keep up the good work: “I call upon all Americans to observe this week by volunteering in service projects across our country and pledging to make service a part of their daily lives.” He also waxes poetic on volunteerism in a way that sure strikes a chord with us:

“Service is a lifelong pursuit that strengthens the civic and economic fabric of our Nation. With every hour and every act, our lives are made richer, our communities are drawn closer, and our country is forged stronger by the dedication and generous spirit of volunteers.”

So put two things on your to-do list this week: make a date with a work party coming up in Seattle, Tacoma, Redmond, Kirkland, or Kent. Then, take a minute to bask in the national spotlight, and know that you’re part of something pretty amazing.


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