The Center celebrates National Volunteer Week |

The Center celebrates National Volunteer Week

Other Voices
Kimberly Pepe

National Volunteer Week is a time to celebrate people doing extraordinary things through service. The Center for the Arts would like to take this opportunity to honor the volunteers at the Center for the Arts. National Volunteer Week, established in 1974, focuses national attention on the impact and power of volunteerism and service as an integral aspect of our civic leadership. The week draws the support and endorsement of the president and Congress, governors, mayors and municipal leaders, as well as corporate and community groups across the country.

The Center has more than 600 volunteers who donate their time and energy to support the literary, visual and performing arts in our community. We value and appreciate each of our volunteers, as the Center would not be able to bring this quality and variety of performances to Nevada County without them.

The Center operates with a staff of only 12 employees. Our volunteers are truly the backbone of the Center. They set up our stages, greet you at the door, take your tickets, pour your drinks, clean up the venue at the end of the night and do everything in between. When the Center puts on a production at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 150 volunteers work a variety of jobs from 8 a.m. until 2 a.m. the next morning. These volunteers ensure that our patrons have a wonderful and seamless experience. So far in 2013, the Center has had more than 30 productions here at our 300-seat Main Stage Theater on West Main Street in downtown Grass Valley with at least 25 volunteers working each event. Our volunteers come from all walks of life and backgrounds, and they bring a wide variety of experiences to the table, and most of all, a great enthusiasm for the arts. Our spring membership drive begins next month, and our volunteers play a valuable role in our community by sharing their experience of the Center with family and friends. The Center staff is grateful for the support and generosity of our volunteers. We can't do this without you!

Volunteer Jerri Lynn Konner sums up the volunteer experience well: "I am grateful to be a volunteer at the Center for the Arts. It is a very well organized community of staff and volunteers. By volunteering, I have had the opportunity to experience different genres of music, shows and theater that I would not normally have seen. My world has been opened up! Thank you, Center for the Arts, for embracing your volunteers and providing such diversity in our community."

Kimberly "Pepper" Pepe is the volunteer coordinator for the Center for the Arts.

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