On Saturday, March 29, the St. Marys Community Players (SMCP) will be hosting what they’re calling a “Speed Dating for Volunteers” open house at the Town Hall. The idea is for local organizations and interested individuals who might like to give of their time and resources for those organizations to come out and meet.
“I’ve had a wonderful time with the Community Players since I joined four years ago,” says Fern Pridham, the amateur theatrical troupe’s current president. “I can’t believe what an impact it has had on me. It’s been great.”
It was with this thinking in mind that the SMCP team, who are charged with creating opportunities to celebrate this year’s 40th anniversary for the organization, to come up with the idea of a volunteers’ open house for St. Marys and area.
“Our organization has survived and thrived because of the dedicated efforts of a legion of volunteers over the last 40 years,” explains VP Liane Gregory-Sterritt, “and as part of ‘How can WE celebrate?’, we thought that — since we’ve been so blessed with such wonderful volunteers — it would be great to create even more wonderful new volunteer-based relationships with, not just us, but the entire St. Marys community — which is full of great organizations and great people.”
The call went out to local organizations whose life-blood is their volunteers. One of the interested groups that responded, and will be participating, is the St. Marys Kinsmen Club.
“Often, people just aren’t aware of the opportunities and groups around them,” says Cliff Sterritt, who sits on the Kinsmen Club’s board. “When I moved to this community three years ago, I figured I’d jump in and get involved. Fortunately, I had a connection that put me in touch with the Kinsmen.
“But if you don’t have that, and you don’t know what’s out there — who is in which group, and what they do — it can seem a bit daunting.”
The open house has two sessions open to the public: 1-3:30 p.m. and 6:30-8 p.m. Organizations will have their tables set up with information about their activities. Interested individuals are invited to drop in to check out all the tables and chat with local club representatives.
There’s no commitment to join any of the groups. Opportunities for involvement can range anywhere from the larger commitment of sitting on the boards that guide the various organizations, to simply just a few hours for a single event.
“Volunteering is one of those happy instances of a win/win/win for all concerned,” enthuses Pridham. “It means fun and fulfillment for the volunteer, it helps the organization, and it benefits the whole community.”
“Oh, and don’t forget,” she adds, “they say volunteers lead longer and healthier lives!”
In between the two public sessions, open house organizers have also planned a “Community Directors Hour,” when directors have the opportunity to briefly present to the other organizations’ leaders about their group’s current activities and successes.
Light refreshments will be served for all. There’s no admission fee. All are welcome. For more information, contact Pridham at 519-274-2885 or Gregory-Sterritt at 226-919-5451.