Throughout the conversation about Baltimore I thought about Washington County Iowa and what the YMCA provides. What may be different is that we ALL provide a feeling of togetherness and family. We all help each other, support each other and provide opportunities for friendship.
I have certainly seen this throughout the Washington County Fair that just ended this past week. I helped at the Y's Men's Food Booth, Kiwanis Food Booth and took tickets for the Washington Rotary Club. Giving back made me feel that I was helping a bigger cause. What the Washington County Fair does for the community is amazing! It brings young people to a place to feel confident through 4-H, be responsible to feed and care for animals but, more importantly it is a fun time for kids to dress up in their fancy 4-H clothes and show the importance of farming and Iowa. 4-H and county fairs are proud moments!
My experience as an adult volunteer has been very gratifying. Volunteering for an organization and the people who are leaders within that organization is very rewarding. I worked alongside Lori & Bob Bauer in the Y's Men's food booth, Shawn Ellingson in the Kiwanis Food Booth and took tickets with the support of my Rotary club member John Moenck. What these folks do and the countless volunteer hours is amazing. I was sure exhausted after the week of my hours but to have a feeling of giving back to a wonderful community is well worth it.
MANY THANKS to everyone for making our community GREAT!