From setting up rehearsal chairs to coordinating all-day rehearsals, 82% or 183 of our 223 chorus members volunteer to keep BCCO running. Up from 64% in 2015, the increase in volunteers has a lot to do with celebrating BCCO’s 50th anniversary this year. So, why do we volunteer? With over 60 volunteer committees and groups, there’s a volunteer role for everyone. Karen Davison, chair of the 50th Anniversary Committee, says she wasn’t even remotely interested in leading the 50th charge. She took the role by default with the intention of handing it off to someone later. That didn’t happen. She grew more interested in trying out new initiatives, and soon the picnic, flash mob and other great ideas became realities. The development committee, led by Betty Pigford, raised all the funds needed very quickly. Karen says, “The rewards of volunteering are a sense of purpose and accomplishment, the confidence that comes with using skills I hadn’t previously known about, and of course many friendships. BCCO is a supportive, encouraging community. It’s a great place to try out your wings.” Ken Lindahl produces our concert CDs, sets up rehearsal chairs, and organized the flash mob, just to name a few of his efforts. Ken says, “Most volunteer activities are done in the company of one or two or more other singers. I enjoy the camaraderie and friendship that comes from that. There’s a deeper sense of community and a feeling that I’m part of something bigger and more cohesive than just a ‘bunch of people who sing together.’ I get a strong feeling of satisfaction from participating in a job well done.” According to Roz Hardy, “Volunteering for even a small job provides a deeper feeling of connection to our wonderful, joyous group, and gives a feeling of contributing to the overall success of our group. It naturally feels like the thing to do.” Roz ushers at our concerts. Volunteering, like singing, builds community. And that’s one reason our name is the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra.
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