By: MacKenzie McGuckin
To wrap up the last week of our Junior Summer Program, a team of 21 volunteers arrived at The WaterFront Center to assist with initial preparations for winterizing our fleet of both sail and power boats. Our Volunteer Week was full of washing and waxing boats, organizing, sorting, inventorying, and of course, popsicle breaks. Sailors ranging between 7th and 12th grade worked together to help with this process and volunteered a total of 382 hours.
According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, the definition of a volunteer is ‘a person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task; ‘freely offers to do something.’ Not only did our volunteers freely offer to take part in our tasks, but they completed them in outstanding ways. Many of our volunteers were unfamiliar with the jobs that they were tasked with, but as is the nature of volunteering and service, they were able to learn new hands-on life skills.
With the aid of all these helping hands, we were able to conquer more in one week then we would have been able to with 10 WFC staff. This year’s Volunteer Week was record-breaking, and in comparison to previous years, we accomplished more tasks than we have in the last two years than ever before.
While our volunteer team helped us in significant ways, The WaterFront Center believes that we helped give back to them as well. The hard work and challenging tasks that the volunteers participated in, in turn gave them, or at least improved their work ethic and focus. Throughout the week, their skills and working habits visibly improved. Whether the task was macroscopic, like moving a boat, or microscopic, like tying a knot, the volunteers learned how to conquer each task with a new approach that they can employ in other ventures.
Again, a big thank you to all of the 21 volunteers who came and helped out. We could not have done it without your dedication and hard work!