An old Greek proverb says, “A civilization flourishes when people plant trees under which they will never sit.”
No matter how many employees we have or the number of services we offer, our city cannot thrive without the selfless efforts of our community volunteers. Whether it is serving on a committee, volunteering at our Literacy Center, planting trees for Arbor Day, or coordinating a service project, volunteers give their hearts and hands to benefit our community.
In April, we had the opportunity to celebrate these volunteers as a part of National Volunteer Appreciation week. Among those recognized were Michelle Holbrook, Stan and Peggy Lewis, Karl Moore, and Quin Allred. They each received the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for giving more than 4,000 hours of service to our community. On behalf of the city, I express my gratitude for their lifelong service.
We also had members of our community come together for an Arbor Day service project. Volunteers joined members of our Parks, Trails, and Trees Committee and the parks division at Sommerset Large Park to plant trees for Arbor Day. This project was a great example of a committee of volunteers working directly with our city staff to coordinate a service project. They may not directly benefit from their efforts, but those trees will provide value to our community for years to come.
This month there will be many opportunities to get involved. May is Beautify Lehi Month. I love having the community come together to clean up our city and take pride in our community. We will be holding a community service project on May 12 at Wines Park. Bring a shovel, rake, and gloves to help get the park ready for our many summer activities.
Can’t make it on May 12? You can coordinate your own service project for your family, neighborhood, or religious group. Don’t forget about the Mayor’s Beautify Lehi Award. Each year the mayor presents awards for the most improved beautification projects. Submit your entry no later than June 1 at www.lehi-ut.gov/recreation/events-celebrations/beautify.
Speaking of cleaning up our neighborhoods, the Utility Billing Department has a couple of offers to help you out. You can sign up for a free month of the green waste program and pick up your free dump pass (good for 5 trips) at the Utility Billing office. Call 385-201-1000 with questions.
A volunteer could be a young child or a senior citizen; a high school student or a college graduate; a full-time mother or a corporate executive. The great thing about service is that it often just requires able hands and a willing heart. If you are looking for opportunities to serve in our community, visit www.lehi-ut.gov/community/volunteers or contact our volunteer coordinator, Melanie Hansen, at firstname.lastname@example.org.