By Carol Britton Meyer
Nearly 50 volunteers have been appointed to various Town of Hingham committees and commissions from July 1, 2021, to the present, ranging from the Historic Districts Commission and the Harbor Development Committee to the Commission on Disabilities and the Accessory Dwelling Unit Study Committee.
In all, about 400 citizens are serving the town on about 46 committees.
The Town Moderator and Select Board are responsible for interviewing candidates for all open positions and then making the appointments to fill them.
Citizen participation is "at the core of Hingham's commitment to self-governance," Town Moderator Michael Puzo said recently. “The town quite literally could not exist as it does without its volunteers.”
Select Board member William Ramsey explained that Hingham’s reliance on volunteers dates back to its Colonial beginnings. “From the establishment of the Old Ship [Meeting House] to the legacy of Benjamin Lincoln, our citizens continue to have a commitment to volunteerism in 2022."
Select Board Chair Joseph Fisher also values the town’s volunteers. “Volunteering in Hingham connects you to others, has an impact on the community, and increases your awareness of how things get done in our town,” he said.
Finally, Fisher said, “Let's not forget about the joy. Volunteering can bring fun and a sense of fulfillment to your life.”
Talent back applications are available on the town website.