Thirty-four Workforce Education & Training (W.E.T.) Action Volunteers were honored at the annual end of the year celebration on Wednesday, August 8 at Safe Haven Drop-In Center. Collectively, the volunteers contributed 3,965 work hours back to groups, organizations and businesses in Colusa County this past year.
Interim Colusa County Behavioral Health director William Cornelius and peer support specialist Valerie Stirling presented each of the volunteers with a certificate depicting the number of donated hours they had contributed, and a pass to the Colusa Theatre.
Stirling committed that the volunteers had contributed just over 3,000 hours to the community last year, and that she was pleased that the number of hours had increased to nearly 4,000 this year.
The W.E.T. program is a Mental Health Services Act program first established in Colusa County in 2008. Each year, the volunteers donate their time to community projects ranging from clean-up efforts to coat drives and assisting with the annual pumpkin patch. They also assist with special projects such as the upcoming screening of the film “Bully” at the Colusa Theatre.
Theater manager Dave Bishop said it is a great thing to have the volunteers stepping up to help in community efforts.
Bishop, who also attended the year-end celebration, said he was looking forward to working with the group. “We anticipate nearly 400 people to attend the anti-bullying film “Bully”. We appreciate the volunteers being willing to help with clean-up,” he said. Bishop also said he would like to work with the volunteers on other events in the future.
The celebration was attended by the volunteers, guests and Behavioral Health interim director William Cornelius and Deana Fleming, CCBH clinical program manager. Community Foundation of Colusa County board member Ben Felt also attended.
The meal was provided as a donation by Louis Cairo’s of Williams. Cairo’s owner Cristy Edwards commented it is her pleasure to be a part of this event. It is the second year in a row that Cairo’s have provided the lunch. The Donut Wheel in Colusa provided donuts for dessert.
We are very appreciative of Louis Cairo’s and the Donut Wheel for their generosity,” said Stirling. ■