VOLUNTEER – YOU MAKE THE DIFFERENCE
Welcome everyone to a new year of Yankee Homecoming.
As someone who was born, raised, and spent most of his life living in the Newburyport area, I am excited and truly honored to have been selected by the Board of Directors as the General Chairperson for the 57th edition of this remarkable tradition. I have incredible memories of Yankee Homecoming growing up, but never could I have imagined following in the footsteps of the people before me, who have dedicated and volunteered their time making Yankee Homecoming what it is today.
Our theme this year is: VOLUNTEER – YOU MAKE THE DIFFERENCE.
A volunteer is someone who, without compensation, provides a service to an individual or organization. Yankee Homecoming has been very fortunate to have had several thousand dedicated and gifted volunteers over the past 56 years. I know this year we will continue this custom and encourage new people to join us in creating a team that brings innovative ideas, talents and energy to YHC ’14.
When you volunteer or join any of the many amazing civic/community organizations/charities, such as Yankee Homecoming, your unique skills, talents and your influence can reinforce the foundation of that group. Your involvement will help build and maintain the organization’s ability to attain their goals while having a good time. By volunteering, you will play a key role in building and enhancing the community in which we live. New people bring new ideas and new changes.
We at Yankee Homecoming want to cultivate a positive, productive and fun atmosphere in which to volunteer. General meetings are kept to approximately one hour and have a social atmosphere. Event Chairpersons are encouraged to do the same as they conduct their meetings. The monthly general meetings are a place to meet new people, while supporting and helping the Yankee Homecoming organization to succeed.
You might be thinking, “When do I have time to volunteer?” Well, if you believe in the mission of that group, you will discover that you will make time to be part of it. The majority of our “seasoned volunteers”also have full-time jobs and families, yet they find fulfillment in also volunteering for many of the other worthwhile organizations in the Newburyport area. By bringing your spouse, children or a friend along, you foster community service to others as well as adding to the tradition which is Yankee Homecoming. This family oriented organization is a great way to spend fruitful, quality time together, while making a difference and giving back to your community. This is how many of our volunteers began with Yankee Homecoming, making lasting friendships. You can lead or assist in a wide variety of activities. You can give as much or as little time that you can afford. Give it a try!
With Yankee Homecoming you can VOLUNTEER – YOU MAKE THE DIFFERENCE!
Michael A. Volpone
2014 Newburyport Yankee Homecoming