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Volunteer in your community through Sullivan Renaissance
Over the past dozen years, thousands of volunteers have championed hundreds of initiatives in all 15 towns and 6 villages in Sullivan County. These dedicated individuals have come together as agents of change, working to enhance the appearance of Sullivan County while growing community spirit and pride.
There are many ways to get involved. Groups need assistance with planting, garden maintenance, and a variety of other horticultural tasks, as well as outreach, fundraising and administrative support. No matter your background, we welcome your energy and time.
Don’t know how to garden? We’ll teach you. We value our dedicated volunteers, and know that small efforts – a few minutes a week, a simple ‘thank you’ to the beautification group in your community – can make a big difference.
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There is no end to the technical expertise that might be necessary for a successful project: everything from landscaping and horticulture, to building renovation and repair, to community development and planning. Then there are the organizational tasks like bookkeeping, project management, fundraising, photography and documentation. Many communities have talented individuals to meet most or all of these needs. Other communities must reach out to find some of this expertise. One good place to start is with the local senior citizen organization.
Sullivan Renaissance encourages dialogue with town board members and supervisors, and with code enforcement officers and building inspectors, to explore how groups can work with them. The response from municipal officials is almost always positive since they depend on support from their residents.
Every organization needs money to operate, so Renaissance provides seed grants to help communities get started. Most Renaissance communities also require additional funding for their projects, which can vary in cost from several hundred to several thousand dollars. Many communities are experienced in obtaining the resources they need to complete their projects and have learned how to raise funds.