The New Guy at the (Volunteer Banquet) Party


Above, Wasatch Community Gardens staff  thank our volunteers; Jonathan Krausert receives a lifetime Achievement Award, 10/23/2013.

So, I am the new guy here at Wasatch Community Gardens.

Someone has to be for every organization, but as the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, there is an odd, out of step pace about being new; thanking and celebrating individuals for all they do, without really knowing exactly who has done exactly what.

While planning the Annual Volunteer Banquet I heard lots of references to people I’ve never met and I made assumptions about the un-witnessed level of generosity and estimated commitments of time.

And then, they came.

The names got faces and the year’s workload completed was real, and heavy. The staff’s respect for the quiet heroes became as tangible as the bowls of soup we ladled out with our very sincere “thanks!”

And this group of co-workers each lent different skills to the event; hosts and heavy-lifters, great organizers and committed on-the-spot doers. Together, our tiny team celebrated a good year with good people. As a community of gardeners and organizers, we represented what can be achieved by a small group of caring and committed people.

I’m finding my stride and loving the company.

Thank you to all the Wasatch Community Garden volunteers. We love working with you.

-Jenny Bloom



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