Monthly Q&A

Eddie on Volunteers (May 2009)

Q: How involved are volunteers with HDR and downtown revitalization?

A: Although HDR has a dedicated staff, the support and time of volunteers are essential to the success of the revitalization effort. In March of this year, Virginia Main Street recognized the more than 45,000 hours of time given over the last five years by volunteers serving on committees, helping with events, and assisting with special projects. This is a very impressive figure and clearly demonstrates the level of commitment from our community.

For example, on April 11, 14 people gave their Saturday morning to refurbish planters, clean sidewalk medalions, remove graffiti and man a display table for Blacks Run/Downtown Cleanup Day.

A special thanks goes out to Melanie Woodard, Rodney Williams, Stacy Turner, Charlie Strickler, Leigh Osborne, Oksana Naunenko, Troy Milliken, Steve Knickrehm, Don Kidd, Tom Clayton, Jessica Chase, Bucky Berry and Becky Bartells for volunteering for this project. I wish to thank not only each of you, but all of our committed volunteers for what you do to make downtown a vibrant and attractive city center.

Want to help?

Volunteers are needed for the following events:

  • Court and Market Days Festival – June 6
  • Fridays on the Square – every Friday beginning June 5
  • Valley 4th – July 4

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