Over the past two months, during our City Council meetings, I had the opportunity to honor several Boy Scouts from Troop 625 and Girl Scouts from Troop 14665 for earning the illustrious President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA). Established in 2003 by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, the PVSA was created to recognize the outstanding contributions of volunteers who go above and beyond to make a difference in their communities. Over the years, this remarkable award has honored countless Americans of all ages, shining a light on the selfless acts of service that truly embody the spirit of Woodstock and our great nation.
These young Scouts, through their hard work and commitment to making Woodstock a better place, exemplify the values we hold dear as a community. It is through their tireless efforts, and those of countless other volunteers, that our city continues to thrive and grow. The importance of volunteerism in shaping the health and well-being of a community cannot be overstated.
Volunteers play a vital role in building strong communities by fostering connections, offering support and promoting civic engagement. In Woodstock, we are fortunate to have a diverse range of volunteer opportunities that cater to different interests, passions and skill sets. From working with local arts nonprofits and supporting our senior citizens to beautifying our parks and organizing community events, every act of service, big or small, contributes to the greater good.
The impact of volunteerism is not limited to the direct benefits it provides to the individuals and organizations served. It creates a ripple effect that extends beyond the initial act of service, influencing so many others in the community. By witnessing the selflessness and dedication of our local volunteers, we inspire others to become more involved.
For the Scouts of Troop 625 and Troop 14665, earning the PVSA is not only a testament to their individual achievements, but also an affirmation of the values of teamwork, leadership and perseverance, which they’ve developed along the way. These young individuals have chosen to invest their time and energy in bettering the lives of others. In doing so, they have set a powerful example for their peers and future generations.
As we celebrate the accomplishments of these young volunteers, let us also take a moment to appreciate the countless others who give their time, skills and passion to serve our community. Woodstock is a shining example of what can be achieved when we come together with a shared purpose and a commitment to lifting up one another. It is through the spirit of volunteerism that we ensure our city remains a vibrant and welcoming place for all who call Woodstock home.
— Mayor Michael Caldwell
– Michael Caldwell is the 31st mayor of Woodstock, a retired state legislator, member of the Georgia Technology Authority, partner at Black Airplane, husband to Katie, and father to Oliver, Elizabeth and Charlotte.