Many community volunteers were thanked for their hard work and dedication at the Dr. Lillian V. Ney Renaissance Center on Thursday.
The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation invited 150 community volunteers to an appreciation reception and open house at the center, located at 119 W. Third St., Jamestown. The informal event was a way for Jamestown Renaissance Corporation officials to celebrate achievements in 2013 that were made possible by volunteers who donated their time and energy to better the community.
“We at the JRC hold this appreciation to bring together the volunteers from our events like Thunder (In The Streets and Crusin’) and the Christmas parade to be with our community coordinators and downtown business owners so we can say ‘Thank You,'” said Greg Lindquist, Jamestown Renaissance Corporation executive director.
Lindquist said this was the first volunteer appreciation reception the corporation has hosted. He said it needed to be done to bring together downtown business owners; building owners; Renaissance Block Challenge neighborhood block coordinators; Jamestown City Council members; county legislators; state representatives; and congressional representatives.
“We mainly decided to do this to thank them for all their efforts in making Jamestown a better place to live and work,” he said.
Lindquist said changes to neighborhood blocks and downtown areas wouldn’t be happening in Jamestown without a large group of caring individuals who are all working toward the same goal of improving the quality of life for area residents.
“We recognize our partners are the ones making Jamestown happen. There is a buzz about what is going on in Jamestown,” he said. “We have an environment to attract businesses. We want to promote the cohesiveness and bring people together.”
Lindquist said the JRC might be hosting another volunteer appreciation night outdoors once the weather improves later this year.
“We are looking forward to doing this when it is warmer. Maybe outside on the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk,” he said.