2015 Christmas Parade – Great Community Involvement
The RVA’s 2015 Santa Claus Parade was a great example of what can be achieved when the community rallies around an event that is beneficial for all. It rocked! There were floats from businesses, clubs, churches and other organizations from across the community. Candy was distributed by many participants to children along the entire route. Everyone came together to make a contribution and make it work. There were horses, singers, dancers and sports teams … and of course Santa for the children. There was complimentary chili, hot beverages and cookies to be had following the parade and some businesses such as Subway were providing free hot beverages on the curb!
But it is much more than a simple parade and community celebration, as important as that is. Did you know the Lions club use parade day as an opportunity to do invaluable fund raising for the Food Bank. And, the parade sets the stage for the lighting of the park and the unveiling of the Children’s Winter Banners … a several weeks long effort (with over 160 entries!) that engages children in a the joy of doing something for their community. Every single aspect of the evening from the parade, to the decoration and lighting of the park to the Winter Banner project is accomplished through the generous support of local business sponsors and the work of some very generous volunteers.
Great events like these don’t happen on their own. A single volunteer can make the difference in sustaining these events or launching new ones. Volunteers are sorely needed in every volunteer based organization. The RVA is no different. Consider what you can offer and contact us. We would love to talk … the good news is that volunteer tasks can be very rewarding and tailored to your goals! Think about it