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Community Health Supported by Volunteers

Partial eclipseWhen you think about it, people are pretty magnificent.  Just look around at the human creativity occurring in our community, much of it from volunteers.  Jacey’s Race, Angels Over Sandpoint, The Long Bridge Swim, Team 24/7 for Autism, the Festival at Sandpoint, and many more.

I would say this enormous effort by so many people strengthens health physically, emotionally, and psychologically.  Most people want to be of help in some way, to share their skills and interests, and be of service which in turn increases one’s sense of self esteem and self worth–all human responses generating those happy hormones, our endorphins, that promote health and healing.

For the past 15 years I have managed The Panida Theater’s Ice Cream Booth on Festival Street.  It requires 14 volunteers each night to produce the sundaes, parfaits, and ice cream cones to keep up demand and have the patrons back in their seats by show time.  Many of our volunteers return year after year to undertake this enormous effort.  Their joy of participation and dedication to the success of The Panida Theater insures The Panida meets its summertime financial needs.  In turn, all the volunteers, not just the Festival crew, but those supporting The Panida’s lobby concessions contribute to the health and well being of our beloved community gem.

I send to all our community volunteers a heartfelt Thank You for your “win-win-win” endeavors:  your health and well being, the well being of the events and organizations you support, and the well being of our community.  Such contributions paid in “heart dollars” ensures the ongoing success of our wonderful and caring organizations and individuals all making a grand difference in the lives of so many.

Krystle Shapiro, LMT, MSHN, owns Touchstone Massage Therapies and Nutrition Plus!  She is founding member of the Sandpoint Wellness Council.   She can be reached at (208) 290-6760.

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