For a community like ours with more than 200 nonprofits, volunteers are the life-blood of many local organizations — including us at Bainbridge Community Broadcasting (BCB), an all-volunteer project.

The City of Bainbridge Island (COBI) and the Bainbridge Community Foundation (BCF) are teaming up to co-host the second annual Volunteer Week celebration.

In this podcast, we talk about the vital importance of volunteers with Jim Hopper, Excecutive Director of BCF, and Kellie Stickney, Community Engagement Specialist for COBI.

Two workshops that week will be held at the Council Chambers room at City Hall:

 – Tuesday, 4/14, Noon to 1pm: Brown Bag Lunch: Legal Tools for Effective Volunteer Programs, moderated by John Fossett of Bainbridge Public Library, with attorney Yolanka Wolff of Apex Law Group.

 – Tuesday, 4/14, 3:30 to 5pm: Engaging Volunteers Across Generations, hosted by Susie Burdock, Executive Director, KiDiMu children’s museum.

The week’s major festive celebration will be on the afternoon of Thursday, 4/16, from 5 to 7pm, at the Commons of the Bainbridge High School. There, nonprofit groups will honor their volunteers and share stories of what volunteers do for their organization. There will be food and festivities, and volunteers can pick up a free button celebrating their work.

On social media, share your stories about the difference that volunteers make, using the hashtag #BIVolunteerWeek

Credits:  BCB host, editor and publisher: Barry Peters.