I had the opportunity to volunteer for a four-hour shift at the new Downtown Welcome Center on a recent Friday afternoon. I recommend it as way to engage in dialogue with other volunteers, the Downtown Ambassadors, the community and visitors to our city. We had several people wanting to see the new center and all the information we have available – transit guides, maps, publicity about events, places to eat.
A woman wanted a map as she was thinking of bringing her business downtown. A couple from Longview were spending the day and evening in Olympia and were looking for a public restroom as they walked around. The other volunteer and I were able to provide information, a friendly face and a welcoming spirit.
I have lived in Olympia for 40 years. I have worked, shopped, eaten, performed and taken my now 38-year-old daughter on many a downtown adventure. I know we are struggling with the same issues that cities face all over the country. I want to be part of creating a safe, friendly and open downtown for everyone. I am honored to volunteer and I am proud that we have such a center.
I want to thank everyone who has made this center happen – volunteers, staff, funding partners, downtown merchants and supportive public officials, and thank you to everyone who comes downtown and supports solutions! I hope to see you on my next shift at the Downtown Welcome Center!