Volunteerism as a core value of the Kentlands Community Foundation

After my first month as the director of the Kentlands Community Foundation, I have come to believe more firmly than ever that volunteerism is the basis for this vibrant, engaged community. Before we moved into the Kentlands, I was not much of a volunteer. I did so occasionally, but it was not an important part of my life. Now, I have found my volunteer “jobs” to be an important part of my social activity. It defines my values and beliefs and gives me a sense of accomplishment. Volunteering allows all of us to use those parts of our brains, interests, and talents that we may not have a chance to use in our 9 to 5 life.

The Foundation relies upon volunteers to staff, promote and run its programs. From the Kentlands Film Society to Go Green, volunteers start, staff and promote all Foundation programs. This June, for the first time, an orchestra will perform on the lawn of the Kentlands Mansion. This program was the idea of Pili Veraziu along with Maestro Simeone Tartaglione. This concert is free and open to all. While there is a core group of dedicated volunteers led by Pili, this concert is growing, and the excitement among the committee members is growing, too!

This committee needs your help. In particular, they need help gaining more sponsorship for the event and coordinating volunteers to help on and around concert night. On the day of the concert, volunteers are needed to help set up and clean up. The Foundation is able to provide SSL hours to its middle and high school volunteers.

The Kentlands/Lakelands 5k is only six months away. The committee has already begun to meet and plan to ensure this year’s race is special. This is the 25th anniversary of the race. In these 25 years, the 5k has grown to become the largest road race in Montgomery County. In addition to the road race, there is an expo featuring the merchants from the Kentlands and Lakelands Downtown and the surrounding business area. Volunteers are needed to bring in sponsors for the event, and volunteer coordinators are needed to help staff the race and the expo. Volunteers are also needed the day of the race and expo.

When Joseph Alfandre envisioned the Foundation, he saw volunteerism as one of the core principles. Everyone comes to volunteering for his or her own reasons. Sometimes you are new to the area and want to meet people; sometimes it is because your child is in school and want to support the school. Although there is no one reason people decide to volunteer, there is one result: a stronger more connected community. Please consider volunteering for the Foundation. In addition to the race and the concert, there are other programs welcoming volunteers. Please send me an email at Kentlands@kentlands.org and let me know how you can help.

The Foundation cannot run without its volunteers. Volunteers are necessary to fill its Board of Directors and to run its many programs.