Volunteer for a Better Sandy Springs 2020 has been postponed!
Press Release – Immediate
Contact: Carol Ciepluch,
Director of Community Engagement
Jan Paul, Executive Director
Leadership Sandy Springs cancels Earth Day Celebration and postpones Volunteer for a Better Sandy Springs planned for April 25, 2020
For over a year, Saturday, April 25, 2020, was the day Leadership Sandy Springs(LSS) planned to host Volunteer for a Better Sandy Springs (VBSS) and a new Earth Day Celebration at City Springs, capping off the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the civic organization’s 19th year of bringing hundreds of alumni and community volunteers together to enhance public schools, parks and nonprofits.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic all that has changed. On March 13th, immediately after guidelines from the CDC about limiting the size of public gatherings, the organization made the decision to cancel the Earth Day Celebration, still hoping to host the VBSS event.
However, with the Governor's extension of public-school closures, the City's restrictions on public gatherings, later followed by the state’s shelter in place guidelines, LSS Executive Director Jan Paul announced that Leadership Sandy Springs would postpone VBSS 2020 to a later date.
In a letter to event sponsors, Paul said “unfortunately, this is one of the many events that have had to be postponed or cancelled, however the health and safety of members of our community comes first. As you can imagine, there are many moving parts with a community-wide event the size and scope of VBSS and we are working with all constituencies to find a suitable date to reschedule. Since many of the sites require landscaping and planting, the fall season is one option we're considering. We will get back to you as soon as we can once we've reconstructed VBSS.”
The organization will meet with the board of trustees on May 12, to consider a path forward.
“While this is a disruption in our immediate future, I think that VBSS might just be the kind of event we need as a community to come together, once we are able, to celebrate and support one another,” added Paul,” echoing the thoughts of the VBSS planning team.