When you care about the watershed and the local Bainbridge Island eco-systems, it is often not hard to find volunteers. But given our small population and the fact that people come and go, we sometimes face a shortage. There are groups and individuals around the world who recognize that the climate is changing, faster than you know, and that attention must be given wherever it is needed. Nonetheless, we have to recruit locally and from the mainland. We have a lot of work to do to keep the watershed protected and we welcome anyone who wants to help out for even a day, week, or more. Skilled labor is always in demand since we have projects that involve construction and welding. Quick repairs are necessary from time to time to restore fences and gates around the area.
Given this need, my friends and I decided to have a competition of sorts to stir up new interest. We would advertise in online, in newspapers, on the radio, and by Facebook and email. Success would come only if we reached enough people. We would focus on the health and well-being of the watershed long term and talk about the rewarding experience of assisting with its preservation. First of all, it is a beautiful area and after the work is done, volunteers can enjoy the other assets of the island. You can take bike rides, hike, and otherwise luxuriate in the outdoors. After your chosen form of recreation, you can try our wonderful local fare in cafes and restaurants. Each offers unique dining. We have numerous bars and entertainment venues as well.
Volunteers recruited would receive the opportunity to enjoy staying at a picturesque bed and breakfast inn at no charge. These small hotels have scenic grounds and many wonderful temptations like home-baked cinnamon rolls, wine and cheese evenings, and live music. Even if your heart is totally devoted to water conservation, you would enjoy a vacation on the island that would beat any other location. If you love the sea, you would be in just the right environment.
We received a number of queries and proceeded to answer questions and explain responsibilities. We were most excited about a young college student who owned a welder he said was cheap but reliable and had experience with small jobs. A fence would be no problem. In the end, we recruited ten people who would come at different times during the year. We would prioritize our projects accordingly. Many volunteers were flexible which helped our agenda a great deal.
We now know how to replenish our workers if and when needed. It is always a joy to see new faces roaming around the island. We know everyone and a visitor really stands out. Each volunteer is inundated with cordial greetings and are made to feel at home. The bread and breakfast inns subsidize the project with the help of the local officials and state funding. We have it all worked out.