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Volunteer Year in Review: 2021

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Shannon, Queen's Square | January 4, 2022

Wow! You’ve been busy volunteers! Despite COVID shutdowns and physical distancing, online learning and work from home. You’ve spent 2021 spreading love and support community wide, and given your time to us at Idea Exchange.

You started 2021 by decorating one-of-a-kind, messaged-by-you postcards for the Postcard Project, sending kindness and warm wishes to comfort residents of our retirement homes. You didn’t forget our healthcare heroes, and created more than 75 posters cheering on the staff of the Cambridge Memorial Hospital while they took care of our sick family and neighbors. Then you crafted messages of belonging and decorated tiles for Belong Together community art project and over 300 Belong Together postcards for folks at Community Living Cambridge.

But wait! You were not done yet! You grabbed your camera, and went outdoors to document local biodiversity as part of our City Nature Challenge observation team, and then identified the plants and critters in the photos as part of the Identification team. You picked up your cameras again for the Teen River Photo Challenge, and took oodles of snaps celebrating our home town.

Still not finished, you picked up packages from our locations and prepped materials for the Poppy Project, Belong Together and Winter Illumination: Peace and Tranquility from the comfort of home.

Online, you supported newcomers with Practice Your English sessions and supported each other with Vital Conversations: a conversation for teens. You followed that up by participating in our Bridging the GAAPS youth townhall, Peace, Justice Poetry program and creating artwork in the fall creative workshops.

And as soon as you could you returned to dropping off books to those of our neighbors who are homebound due to age or illness, with our Visiting Library Service.

We may not have been able to invite volunteers into our spaces in 2021, but despite it all, you rolled up your sleeves and worked with us to make our community better.  What can we say but a great big “Thank you” and “We got this” and “Onward and upward!”. Who knows what 2022 will bring, but no matter what we will keep calm and carry on…together!