City to honor volunteers during First Thursday

The City of Fayetteville will honor volunteers during a special presentation on the square during this month’s First Thursday event.

Several local organizations will be in attendance to provide refreshments and tokens of appreciation for community volunteers, and Mayor Jordan will issue a proclamation declaring the month of September 2010 “Volunteer Month” in Fayetteville.

Julie McQuade, volunteer coordinator for the city, said the idea is to recognize those who give up their time to help others, regardless of the cause.

“It is for everyone, whether it be volunteers for the city, other organizations, or just someone who helped their neighbor mow their lawn,” McQuade said. “We just want to celebrate the volunteer spirit of Fayetteville.”

Mayor Jordan estimated that last year alone, more than 21,000 volunteers worked over 567,000 hours in the city of Fayetteville.

“Volunteers are the life blood of this city,” Jordan said. “I’m just taken aback by what we’ve been able to accomplish with their help. I can’t say enough about them, and I’m humbled when I see the work that has been done.”

After the mayor’s presentation, Justine Middleton will take over to recognize volunteers for the Fayetteville Animal Shelter.

The volunteer recognition will take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2 on the south side of the Fayetteville square.