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.