The Larkspur Community Foundation and The City of Larkspur co-sponsored the 1st Larkspur Volunteers Appreciation Event on February 25, 2016 at the American Legion Hall.
The idea for this event began when several organizations told the Larkspur Community Foundation of their need for more volunteers to help in a number of different ways. Mayor Catherine Way was also interested in thanking City volunteers, and asked us to help. The Foundation initiated this event to encourage our sense of community by appreciating and encouraging local volunteers. About one hundred people attended, representing some twenty-three different nonprofit agencies and groups, and local government boards and commissions.
Many people said how really pleased they were to be acknowledged by the City as volunteers in our community. There was lively conversation among attendees learning more about various volunteer opportunities. We introduced Kobe Pole from Marin County Search and Rescue as a great example of a teenager engaged in volunteering. We also celebrated volunteers who have been serving our community for years, such as Steven Connor, volunteer coordinator for our community garden.
The Foundation was able to give each volunteer a copy of the book, “Larkspur Past and Present” plus gift certificates donated by Equator Coffee and Urban Remedy, new shops in the Lark Creek complex.
We were delighted with the enthusiastic response and recommend this become an annual Larkspur event that the City and the Foundation produce – possibly called “The Heart of Larkspur”, held in February near Valentine’s Day.
Organizations Contacted: (*attended) *Brain Injury Network, *Boy Scouts Troop 43, Boy Scouts Troop 24, Central Marin Police Explorers, *Corte Madera Women’s Club, *Friends of Corte Madera Creek Watershed, *Friends of the Larkspur Library, *Helping Heatherwood; *Hospice by the Bay, Kentfield Schools Foundation; *The Lark Theater, *The Larkspur Volunteer Fire Foundation, Larkspur Chamber of Commerce, *Larkspur Community Association, *Larkspur Community Garden, *Larkspur Heritage Board, *Larkspur Library Board,*Larkspur Library Foundation, *Larkspur Planning Commission, *Larkspur Park and Recreation Commission, *Larkspur-Corte Madera School Board, *Larkspur Schools Foundation (SPARK), Larkspur Rec’ing Crew, *Larkspur Walkers, Marin Audubon Society, *Marin County Bicycle Coalition, *Marin County Search and Rescue, Marin Rowing Association, *Marin Village, *Neighborhood Response Groups (NRG) for Blue Rock and Lower Madrone, *One Tam, *Redwood High School Foundation, *RotaCare, *Tamalpais High School Board, Tidal Waves.
If you know of an organization or volunteer who should be invited to participate next year, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org