MiBurg has been asked more than once to list or offer information on volunteer opportunities in Martinsburg and the surrounding communities. Many times when we think of volunteering our time, we think of charitable contributions or soup kitchens. One overlooked volunteer opportunity is right on Main Street, literally. Main Street Martinsburg (MSM) is an organization almost wholly dependent upon volunteers. MSM’s mission, according to their website, is to promote and enhance the economic strength of downtown Martinsburg.
If you are thinking this isn’t what you had in mind when considering volunteerism, think of who makes up downtown Martinsburg. It is not “big box” stores, but small business owners who have hung a shingle in our town and depend on patronage to feed their families, pay their bills and treat their children to activities. Main Street works to organize events that bring people into our downtown to discover what we have to offer. A thriving downtown means more economic opportunity for all; more jobs, an increased tax base to provide for social services and, of course, more shopping and dining experiences available to us all.
So, what can you do to help? As a Main Street volunteer, I have been put to work serving beer and checking IDs, selling Chocolatefest tickets and welcoming people to arts and crafts events, among various other things. I have never said “no” to what I was asked to do, and I have never regretted it. If you are a creative person with lots of ideas, Main Street has several committees which might suit your fancy: Design, Economic Restructuring, Organization and Promotion.
Now is your opportunity. Main Street is looking for volunteers and is hosting a Membership and Volunteer Drive on Thursday, February 4 from 5-8 PM at the for the kids, by George Children’s Museum. There is no requirement to be a member or business owner to be a volunteer. If you are seeking an opportunity to help where it matters, or if you have ever uttered the phrase “there is nothing to do in Martinsburg,” then this is where you need to be.
I hope to see you there!
(Photos by Nicholas Trietsch)