Newcastle Thanks Volunteers
Posted on 10/03/2018

About 75 citizens who made a lasting impact through their volunteer work with the City of Newcastle were honored at a special celebration on Oct. 1.

The assembled citizens all left their mark on the city in different ways. Some spent time cleaning up trash around the city, others ran a book sale to fund community programming at the Newcastle Library and more than a few played a role in coordinating the city’s lineup of summer events.

Everyone had their own reasons for getting involved. “I enjoy community service because it brings people together and cleans up our neighborhoods for our children,” one person wrote, while another volunteered because of the “lifelong learning” that comes with it.

No matter what the “why” was, every single person who volunteered a minute of his or her time to Newcastle played a significant role in providing a richer quality of life for the entire community. The Oct. 1 appreciation event at Newport Hills Resonate Brewery and Pizzeria was a chance for the city to say thank you.

“Newcastle is one of the best places to live in America, because of every one of you,” Newcastle City Manager Rob Wyman told the attendees. “The pride and dedication you show in this community is vital to making Newcastle the special place that it is. We can’t thank you enough for all of your contributions.”

Citizens have combined to contribute approximately 1,800 volunteer hours to Newcastle over the past year. The city was proud to recognize the efforts of vital volunteer groups such as Newcastle Trails, the Newcastle Historical Society, the Coal Creek Family YMCA, the Newcastle Arts Council, Friends of the Newcastle Library, the Newcastle Kiwanis Club, Boy Scouts, the Newcastle Youth for Community Engagement Board and the Newcastle Planning and Community Activities commissions. Several individuals separate from these groups also volunteered with the city this year, lending their time at Newcastle Days and other city events.

Volunteers in attendance were treated to appetizers, pizza and dessert, as well as a fun volunteer appreciation trivia game with prizes. Think you know your city? See if you can answer the Newcastle-centric trivia questions here.

At the end of the event, the city took a moment to honor the late Community Activities Commissioner Jim Price, a tireless community volunteer who was instrumental in fostering the growth and maintenance of the city’s prized trail system. Jim, who passed away in August, cared deeply about the Newcastle community and never hesitated to get involved through his work with Newcastle Trails, the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce or the Newcastle Arts Council. View the video tribute for Jim, a fan of “The Sound of Music,” here.

Want to join us next year? Learn how to get involved in the City of Newcastle at newcastlewa.gov/volunteer.

(Photo: Members of the Friends of the Newcastle Library gather for a group photo at the Oct. 1 event).

Originally posted Oct. 2, updated Oct. 3.

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