As we have stated in previous blogs related to volunteerism, the upcoming Butter & Egg Days parade (April 27), wouldn’t happen without the support of local community volunteers. This annual event is a perfect example of how volunteerism enhances the spirit of a community.

This event honors Petaluma’s Citizen of the Year, the Good Egg for 2013, as well as the Parade Marshal. It is but one example of how non-profit organizations contribute to the sense of community for its citizens. In addition to the parade sponsors, the Petaluma Downtown Association, there are well over 100 non-profit organizations and clubs on a list compiled by the Petaluma Visitors Program. A partial list of some of the larger organizations include:

Boys & Girls Club of Petaluma
Carousel Fund
Christmas Cheer
Committee on the Shelterless (COTS)
Friends of the Petaluma River
Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Hospice of Petaluma
Mentor Me Petaluma
Petaluma Bounty
Petaluma Educational Foundation (PEF)
Petaluma People Services Center
Polly Klass Foundation
Rebuilding Together Petaluma
Salvation Army
Friends of the Library

Although these groups may have paid staff to administer their activities, they could not offer their services to the greater Petaluma Community without the time, effort, and energy of their volunteers.