Amy Wooldridge Wants You to Volunteer

ARPD Director Amy Wooldridge encourages Alamedans to get out there and volunteer.


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Civic Drawing Board asks Alameda residents and civic leaders to identify a concrete change that would improve their town.

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I would love to see volunteerism increase on our island. I am personally interested in looking at new ways to get people engaged and excited about giving back to their community. When we worked on the Jean Sweeney Open Space project, 313 people showed up to help. The enthusiasm about the new space and the personal garden was gratifying to witness. It was wonderful to see so many people come together for the same cause. It was proof that volunteering creates common ground and personal pride. While it is easy to find fault with certain aspects of any community, it should be just as easy to find time to volunteer and make a difference. The reward from volunteering almost always has a lasting impact on the volunteer and the community, and creates connections. By working together on a project, people develop a deeper level of understanding about each other and the issues at hand. My goal is to find more ways to reach out to the public and find ways for them to participate with our Recreation and Parks program as well as many of the other worthy causes in Alameda.

Civic Drawing Board asks Alameda residents and civic leaders to identify a concrete change that would improve their town.

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