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webmaster | 07/09/12

This past couple of months, we’ve seen many examples of how Maderans work with one another to help others.

The Madera Republican Women Federated gave $500 scholarships to eight students. The GOP women were only the latest among many groups that gave scholarships to local young people. The Farm Bureau, Kiwanians, Soroptimist of Madera, Rotarians, Latinas Unidas, Breakfast Lions, Norma Mastin, Madera Dollars for Scholars, Madera County Cattle Women and Cattlemen, the Madera Chapter of the NAACP, Darren Camarena Health Center and the American Association of University Women are just a few of many who have provided help for students to attend college.

These groups and individuals do this with no possibility of gain for themselves. Their willingness to do good helps make Madera and Madera County a better place.

Those who attended the city Independence Day festivities and fireworks show at Madera Municipal Gold Course on the 4th of July was made possible largely through donations from members of the public. Many city workers also donated personal time and talent to make the event fun for the entire community.

Again, there was little, if any, personal gain, except by those who were paid for their services, but a great time was offered for all.

Those of us who are pet lovers are continually amazed by members of the Friends of the Madera County Animal Shelter, who volunteer hundreds of hours to help out at the shelter, conduct shot clinics and generally try to make the community a safer place for dogs, cats and other critters who call Madera and Madera County home.

Their efforts make it possible for the professional staff at the shelter to better do their jobs and save the lives of many pets who otherwise would be euthanized.

What a great community of volunteers we have. We are so lucky to have them.


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