It would be impossible to list all the volunteers who contribute and make such a difference in the surrounding communities.
Most volunteers go unrecognized; content to serve without recognition. In fact, many prefer it that way. It’s not about ego to them; it’s about service.
Very often, when we approach a volunteer about being recognized in a story, we’re turned away and told “we’re just doing what we’re supposed to do.”
There are all types of volunteers:
museum docents and youth leaders;
gardeners and church members;
those who work in clothes closets or deliver meals;
volunteers who coach sports and those who teach literacy;
homebound who knit sweaters or caps; current and former military who honor our veterans;
students who visit the elderly; senior citizens who mentor youth.
One of the wonderful things about these volunteers is they most often do what they do without pay and without acknowledgement. Somewhere along the line, they learned the joy of “giving back.”
Sometimes, maybe once a year, we get a press release honoring volunteers for lifetime achievement, organizing a specific event or championing a cause. But, most often, these volunteers go unnoticed.
We want to take this moment and say, “Thank you.”
You know who you are, and what you do is appreciated; it’s what makes our community a wonderful place to be.
If you know one of these unsung heroes, please pass it on.