A gift of time

The Summerland Arts Council’s call for volunteer help is not the first time a community organization has asked for members.

The Summerland Arts Council’s call for volunteer help is not the first time a community organization has asked for members, nor will it be the last.

The need at the Arts Council is for members of the board of directors.

The commitment is several hours a month as the board makes decisions affecting the direction of the Arts Council.

Considering the strength of the Summerland arts community and considering the level of artistic quality which has come out of this community in the past, it is disturbing when the Arts Council has to put out a call to attract new volunteers.

Still, calls for volunteer directors are becoming all too common in Summerland.

Earlier this year, the Summerland Fall Fair also put out the call for members to serve on its board of directors. The story is much the same for many other community groups and service organizations.

The problem is not a lack of community spirit. Over the past few weeks, Summerlanders have given generously to food and gift drives in the community. The selfless level of giving shown at this time of the year is impressive and inspiring. People in Summerland care about this community and are willing to help.

Volunteering on a board is another matter entirely. Instead of coming up with a donation or a contribution for a seasonal drive, board involvement means giving of one’s time throughout the year.

Sometimes, the work on a board is not glamourous as it will involve budgets, planning and other duties behind the scenes. Still, this work is essential if an organization is to continue.

The Summerland Arts Council cannot continue to promote the arts in the community unless dedicated people are willing to give of their time on the board.