Kittitas County Community Events Calendar
This year the American Red Cross has registered a volunteer project into the databank for National Make a Difference Day.
The event is part of a competition for USA WEEKEND Magazine. The project has been titled, "Operation: LORAX."
Our goal is to provide a volunteer opportunity for the community to become involved in, in response to The Taylor Bridge and Table Mountain Complex fires, with an emphasis on youth participation. We will be hosting a replanting event in the Cle Elum community, on October 27th. We will purchase and provide the trees for the event.
The fires were declared a National Disaster and while they wreaked havoc on our community members, homes, and our forest land; the hovering billows of smoke clouds also provided children with a constant reminder that the burning had not yet ceased.
Now that the fires are being contained, and the smoke is clearing, what is left of the travesty is burnt land and a reminder of all that was lost. I suggest we provide our youth with an opportunity to become a part of the rebuilding process, following the burn.
We would like to provide youth, from the effected and neighboring counties, with an opportunity to make a difference. By coming out to the burn sites and resurrecting trees together and replanting our forests, side by side. We hope to provide a sense of renewal and promise that while the loss was substantial, we can work together at rebuilding, albeit one tree at a time. Little kids can make a big difference, when given the opportunity!
Attached are distribution flyers to promote the event with pertinent information and logistics. Below are two links that can be followed for further information and registration opportunities!
I hope we can work together on this project and possibly put Cle Elum on the map as a community that comes together in times of crisis, and supports one another whenever opportunities arise. Given the outpour of volunteer activity and donations that this county provided during the Taylor Bridge and Table Mountain Complex fires, I anticipate that there's no better community to challenge to replant our forests, than our own!
Lets show our nation how we respond, together!
Thank you kindly,
AmeriCorps Volunteer | Service to Armed Forces Coordinator
American Red Cross
Yakima Valley & Kittitas County Chapters
(509) 834-2664 (w) | (509) 576-0898 (f)