|“Countians Have a Long History of Voluntary Service”
Carroll County Times article for 16 July 2000
By Jay A. Graybeal
The volunteers who work in our communities and organizations are contributing to our county’s long history of volunteer service to those in need. Voluntary service has taken many forms throughout county history beginning with early settlers helping one another build structures, clear land for farming and planting and harvesting crops. The development of towns in the mid-eighteenth century eventually led to the formation of volunteer fire departments and other civic groups. By the late nineteenth century, local residents participated in national organizations and reform movements. The accompanying images show only a sampling of the kinds of volunteers who have generously contributed to the quality of local life and to national and international causes.
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Prior to America’s entry into World War II, Great Britain stood nearly alone against Nazi Germany. The bombing of British cities led to great numbers of needy evacuees. Carroll County residents responded generously to the October 1940 national call for warm clothing and personal items known as “Bundles for Britain.” Donated items were taken to the former Westminster Armory where volunteer members of the British War Relief Society of Carroll County sorted and packed them for shipment to Great Britain. Historical Society of Carroll County collection, gift of John Byers.
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