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Yankee Homecoming is an 9 day celebration filled with mostly free activities and entertainment all week long. We are a non-profit organization made up of 100% volunteers. We have many volunteer opportunities year round. Some require long term commitments and others an afternoon at an event or simply making phone calls, or sending emails in the comfort of your own home. With all that we have to offer we are sure to have something for all interest and all time schedules.

If you are a brand new to Homecoming and curious to learn how to be involved, come join us at one of our general meetings.  If you are a returning volunteer, come and bring a friend and introduce them to a great group of volunteers working hard to make 2022 a success.

We made it to 2022!  I hope your holiday season with family and friends was joyful.  The new year is a time to reflect on our blessings we have in 2022 but also to address our challenges we are facing in 2022.  With Covid cases up 95% nationwide in the past week, we need to be very vigilant for the next few months.  With that in mind, the Yankee Homecoming, (YHC), Board of Directors has determined that in-person planning meetings for the 2022 events are too risky for January and possibly into February.

Health experts expect we will have turned the corner on the Omicron variant by the spring.   We are all working on the premise that YHC events will go on as planned this summer.  We need to keep in mind that we all produced the amazing 2021 YHC events in the span of two months, so I know we are all up to the challenges we are facing for 2022.

We will be holding a Zoom meeting at the end of January with the Event Chairs to begin planning their specific events. The Chairs may be in contact with you if you volunteered for that event in past years.

Since I became General Chair for 2022, I have been holding conversations with friends and new acquaintances about volunteering for 2022 YHC events.  I have talked about the friendships I formed and the memories I have, of past successful events;  seeing the pride in recognizing  the many wonderful volunteers in our community with The  Generations of Giving volunteer recognition ceremony, seeing the joy of children with their families at Old Fashioned Sunday, seeing the families relaxing at the end of a busy day, at the Waterfront Concerts,  seeing the awe  we all experience, regardless of age, in watching the concluding fireworks on Saturday, and seeing the many thank-yous all the volunteers receive walking in the concluding parade on Sunday.  I urged each of you to have these same conversations to recruit new volunteers for 2022.  We need the new people to continue the 66-year-old traditions of YHC.

As the Covid landscape continues to change, we will keep you informed of our plans, through social media and periodic emails.  My hope is we can be together soon, to continue our planning for Yankee homecoming events.  

Paul Bushey

General Chair

Yankee Homecoming 2022

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BONS 2014