August 1, 2013

By Staff

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CNN Money Magazine selected Newcastle as the 18th best place to live in the nation in 2011, highlighting, in particular, the city’s culture of volunteerism.

“The volunteer spirit is alive and well in this former coal-mining town,” wrote the magazine. “Despite serious budget cuts that threatened the city’s summer 2011 events, local businesses and citizens offered time and cash to keep the community’s concerts and fireworks afloat.”

Fast-forward two years and the picture is a bit different. Sure, Concerts in the Park is still going strong, and Newcastle Days will continue as usual, but it is getting harder and harder for organizers to attract volunteers.

“Last year, we did have about 125 volunteers that worked within the city of Newcastle,” Mayor Rich Crispo said at an April council meeting. “But it has been difficult at the beginning of this year to find volunteers for events.”

There is no better time than the present to step up, Newcastle. Newcastle Days and the Newcastle 5K Run/Walk for Education need you to lend a hand.

The annual festival, set for Sept. 7, and the race, set for Sept. 8, could use any willing volunteers. Whether it is setting up booths, directing parking or handing out water to runners, no one who wants to help will be turned away.

These events are a fun way to get involved in your community. Not only will you assist in the making of lifelong memories for you, your kids and your neighbors, but in the case of the race, you are helping Newcastle students achieve their dream of attending college.

Newcastle’s willing abundance of volunteers is one of the qualities that made the city special. Don’t let that tradition fall by the wayside.

Call the city at 649-4444 to volunteer with Newcastle Days, and email Patricia Ramos at patricia@newcastledentistry.com to get involved with the Newcastle 5K Run/Walk for Education.

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