The Dunsmuir Chamber of Commerce sponsored this free event.
Dunsmuir’s First Annual Volunteer Faire on April 30th was not only a grand success with a huge turnout of people wanting to get more involved, but it also was very informative of what is going on in Dunsmuir with its community services, events, and activities.
“The Ford Family Institute provided us with a $1K microgrant to support it. We sent out 1,000 6×9 postcards to EDDM, and DES sent flyers home with all their kids. Together with the Chamber, we want to develop a community of volunteerism towards a better community.”City Council Member Bruce Deutsch came up with the idea of a volunteer fair from the City of Etna
“This is a great way to make a difference in our community, and get involved with local causes, all the while learning new skills, exploring new areas of interest, and meeting new people,”Chamber Director Cheryl Petty
Jan LaRock, who greeted people at the door of the Dunsmuir Community building, is herself a brand new volunteer with the Dunsmuir Chamber of Commerce. She recently moved into the area and wanted to get involved.
“We need volunteers at the Chamber, gift shop, and Visitors Center. It is great to just get out of the house and learn new skills,”says LaRock as she hands out brochures of attractions and contacts in Dunsmuir, Ca.
And the list of Dunsmuir attractions is big. From the historic Amtrak Depot, Turntable and Engine Service Facility, and Steam Engine Display, to the many varieties of parks for hiking, fishing, or just family fun, including Tauhindauli Park, the Botanical Gardens, the Olympic-sized public swimming pool, to hikes at Castle Crags, or to Hedge Creek Falls, and much more. Dunsmuir’s annual events are many and all very popular drawing people from all over. For the list of chamber events, go to www.dunsmuir.com or call the Chamber’s Visitor’s Center at (530) 235-2177
The fair started with 14 organizations represented but ended up with more, filling up the Community Center with tables of information for community services and organizations in Dunsmuir. All are in need of volunteers:
Friends of Tauhindauli Park is a group of volunteers working together to improve the park’s river access, wildlife, and fish habitat, increase awareness of cultural heritage, and maintain the trails and native plants along them. Share the hopes and dreams of one of Dunsmuir’s gems with its thousands of years of history for people to continue to enjoy. The website is friends.of.Tpark.org or email [email protected]
Dunsmuir Firewise is a wildfire preparedness and resiliency collaborative working to engage the Dunsmuir community in disaster planning and being more ‘fire wise’ by educating property owners and helping to maintain defensible space and potentially reducing fire insurance premiums. Under the Fire Safe Council of Siskiyou County, volunteers are needed to help in this important community service. For more information, email [email protected].
Dunsmuir Community Resource Center provides many important services in the community through parent education, mental health wellness classes, referrals, activities, a food pantry, a community garden, and more. Located at 5840 Dunsmuir Ave in Dunsmuir, call (530) 235-4400
Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center is a county-wide organization preserving, protecting, and restoring cultural and environmental values of the watershed around Mt. Shasta in Siskiyou County. This also includes maintaining hiking trails, giving talks, and helping at events. For more information go to mountshastaecology.org or email [email protected]
Other Dunsmuir Chamber events that need volunteers are Metal on the Mountains, Pacific Rest Music Festival, the Annual Dunsmuir River and Rails Brewfest, Pacific Crest Music Festivals, Dunsmuir Steampunk Festival, Jazz in the Canyon, Harvest Scarecrow Walk, Harvest Festival, Dunsmuir Rotary Holiday Crafts Faire and Fran’s Famous Baked Potatoes, and Candles in the Canyon.
For all these organizations, volunteers are needed to help with planning, working on the computer, phone, and through social media. People are needed that can be working independently or as a team, indoors or outdoors, during the day or on the weekends, learning new things, or educating others.
Anything anyone can give will make a difference!
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