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9/20/2012 5:00:00 PM
EDITORIAL: Volunteers make Blythe a better place for all to enjoy

Hats off to the Rec-N-Crew, a local non-profit organization put together to help Blythe area youth.

In just the short time they have been in existence, the crew has raised thousands of dollars for youth recreation programs and to rehabilitate the Joe Wine Blythe Recreation Center.

The crew's most recent donation was to paint the main interior room where they also plan to lay new tile they purchased. No one is getting paid to provide any of these amenities and volunteers are doing everything on their own time and with their own labor.

In a town where all of our local government agencies have failed us, it's sad that locals have to do the things for us that we thought our tax dollars were paying for. Instead, that money went only for exorbitant salaries, not for projects, such as the Rec Center rehab.

So we need to be grateful that we have people in Blythe who are willing to invest their time and money selflessly in making our town and valley a better place to live.

The Rec Center has provided numerous children a safe place to play, learn and have fun. The various programs they have provided throughout the years, mostly run by volunteers, have kept many a child on the straight and narrow path, enriched their lives, and added to their success in life.

Volunteers, such as the Rec-N-Crew, have, without anyone asking, taken responsibility for ensuring that our children receive the same benefits they received when they were young.

This isn't a new phenomenon in Blythe; in recent years volunteers have kept the swimming pool open so kids have a safe environment in which to stay cool on days that reach 115 degrees and more.

Community volunteers run the Blythe Little League and Pop Warner football league and both have been highly successful programs.

Many more volunteer organizations in Blythe and the Palo Verde Valley and also many local residents have donated millions to support not just youth programs, but also many other programs in the community that help those in need. So, thanks to the Rec-N-Crew and all of the volunteers who donate time and money to make Blythe a better place to live.

The position expressed is that of the Palo Verde Valley Times.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, September 21, 2012
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

You people that Volunteer your time and labor. You people are the backbone and heroes of this community. You all care and you show it with actions. Not just talk like the people in City Hall. If it was up to me I would nominate the leaders and some of its members of these volunteer groups to run for city Council and for other board members. Because you all show your devotion to this City and its people again through actions. Sad thing the people at City Hall. take the credit because they are the one that say yes or no to all of your projects. Again Thank You

Posted: Friday, September 21, 2012
Article comment by: Mike Richardson

You have expressed my sentiments as well. Is there a way I can get more information on the Rec-N-Crew?

Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2012
Article comment by: Bob Weete

It's great that various citizen groups are taking on these responsibilities. Even the city council is willing to fork over gobs of money for a park for kids - obese kids. Obese kids, that is, who can find a way to get way out there in the distant East Blythe area. However, the citizens are more likely to actually put in the actual manual labor and raise their own money. This kind of thing is what the citizens of Blythe are known for. Let's take pride in that, and get ready for some more clean-up and beautification by the people. This kind of project is apparently above the city council's pay grade. Thanks, guys.

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