2018-07-26 / Opinion

All Hands On Deck

This time of year, hearing the words “Newport is the just the greatest place... I wish I lived here,” by someone visiting you, or randomly along the street or at a nearby table in a restaurant, validates those of who call Newport and Aquidneck Island home.

We should never take for granted the beauty of the island, our beaches and other natural wonders and should always be mindful of protecting them. Perhaps some Saturday we should consider giving an hour or two to help at one of the beach cleanups, sponsored by Clean Ocean Access. If you’re an early riser, maybe volunteer for the upcoming Save The Bay Swim. It has a dawn start.

Just as important as helping with our surroundings, though, is taking care of each other.

The summer is filled with world-renowned events, too many to list here. But, at most of the events, you can often receive free admission and an up-close experience by helping as a ticket-taker, giving directions or with the recycling efforts.

Several organizations regularly reach out to us to make known their need for volunteers. In the pages of this edition, you will see a plea from AARP for people willing to take tax training to help our elderly and low-income residents during tax season, and a volunteer orientation for the Potter League. In last week’s edition we had information about free CPR training (what better way to spend three hours, in case the need ever arises) and the search for foster grandparents to help children in local schools and libraries.

If you are part of an organization or group that is looking for volunteers, send an email to news@newportthisweek.net. We will be happy to put out the call for all hands on deck.

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