The gift of giving

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 7:30pm

The quality of life on Block Island is maintained, and often improved, by the uncountable number of hours put in by an army of citizen volunteers who sit on the numerous boards and commissions that help make the town run.

There isn’t anything terribly sexy about heading over to a meeting at 9 a.m. or at 7 p.m., and poring over a sheaf of blueprints or recommendations from the town engineer, but it’s vital, critical work. It’s all done in the spirit of giving, and that’s why we’re taking this opportunity to remind Block Island residents that there are many boards that could use your valuable input.

While almost all boards and commissions are looking for new members, several could use immediate help, including Motor Vehicles For Hire, which oversees the fleet of island taxis; the Broadband Commission, which is looking to wire the island for high-speed internet; the Deer Task Force, which is monitoring the island’s deer herd; the Recreation Board, which keeps our island residents active and beaches safe; and the Tourism Board, which is always looking for ways to improve the island’s economy.

The process of volunteering is simple: Write a brief letter to the Town Council expressing your interest in serving on a particular board. That’s it.

If you have the time — and we know that’s an easy thing to ask and infinitely harder to answer — consider sitting on one of the boards that helps preserve the quality of life here that we all enjoy.