An inspiring volunteer spirit
May 02, 2013 | 1616 views | 0 0 comments | 458 458 recommendations | email to a friend | print
There’s no doubt that it’s been a big week for volunteerism in Patterson.

Just two days after the Love Patterson campaign attracted more than 130 people to participate in community projects around town, State Sen. Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres, named Patterson resident Juanzette Hunter the 12th District’s Volunteer of the Year.

The Relay For Life also attracted more than 400 attendees to Patterson Community Stadium over the weekend, as participants had raised $59,400 for the American Cancer Society immediately after the event and hope to boost the total to $65,000 by the end of August.

It was also heartening to see a group of local mothers quickly organize April 19 to march in honor of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

For such a small community, Patterson has a big heart, and it’s truly amazing what this city can do when people work together.

The end of National Volunteer Week nearly a week ago was a good time to reflect on the ways we can better our city. We all have gifts that can be used to improve this town.

Hunter sets the bar high for everyone with her tireless volunteerism on behalf of area youth and hungry residents in the city’s North Park, among others. Her list of accomplishments is astonishing, and the honor she received from Cannella is well deserved.

While not everyone can devote that much time to community service, all of us can find some way to give of our time and resources.

It has been encouraging to see Patterson’s spirit in action lately and to remember what this town is really about.

Despite challenges with occasional crime and other tragedies, we have much for which to be grateful. May the deeds of those who give of their lives to improve this community continue to inspire all of us to better things in the days and months to come.

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