The Clare Volunteer Centre in conjunction with Clare Local Development Company and Clare County Council hosted a series of events to recognise the contribution of volunteers who have been part of the integration of people new to our communities.
Sharon Meaney, Manager of the Clare Volunteer Centre expressed her gratitude, saying, “It feels very much that this is the opportune time to celebrate our communities that have embraced diversity and inclusion with a genuine sense of warmth and friendship. It is an opportunity to reinforce our commitment to building communities that embrace diversity, inclusivity and a space by which people do not just live but belong”.
The Volunteer Recognition brunches were attended by volunteers, community leaders and representatives from various organisations. Minister Joe O’Brien in a heartfelt video address extended his personal thanks to each and every volunteer in Clare stating, “From Shannon to Lisdoonvarna, Kilrush to Ennis and beyond I want to personally thank each and every one of the volunteers in Clare for your strength and willingness to support those in need in your community.”
Theresa Hogan, representing Shannon Tidy Towns shared her thoughts on the new friendships and the valuable contribution that volunteers who recently arrived in Shannon have made reinforcing the message that volunteering gives everyone the opportunity to connect. At each event, volunteers were asked to write words of gratitude in specially commissioned cards which are currently on display in St Columba’s Church, Ennis as part of the Clare Volunteer Centre’s thanksgiving tree.