Recognizing the importance of volunteering

National Volunteer Week runs next week - April 10th-16th

Oftentimes, we as residents of Lacombe and Blackfalds, attend numerous events or functions on small and large scales, but we rarely think about what goes into putting that particular event on. Whether it be a sporting event, a charity golf tournament or gala, most times volunteers are involved to not only plan the festivities, but to make sure the event runs without a hitch.

Next week will be all the more reason to recognize these outstanding citizens who help shape our community each and everyday.

National Volunteer week runs April 10th-16th. This year’s theme is ‘Volunteers are the roots of strong communities’.

According to the Volunteer Canada web site, “Volunteers are the roots of strong communities. Just like roots are essential for trees to bloom, volunteers are essential for communities to boom. Thanks to volunteers, our communities grow strong and resilient. Even the tiniest volunteer effort leaves a profound and lasting trace in a community, much like tree rings that appear over time.”

Volunteers can be found throughout our communities lending a helping hand in a variety of capacities from visiting seniors innursing homes and lodges, to driving meals to those in need via Meals on Wheels, to others who sit on a variety of community boards, etc., just to name a few. Volunteers are embedded in every aspect of our society and it’s these selfless individuals that make Central Alberta truly the community it is today.

There are an estimated 12.7 million volunteers nation-wide and those are the people who are the pulse of any community and Lacombe and Blackfalds are no exception. Without them many things wouldn’t be possible. Imagine a nursing home or hospital without volunteers. They provide comfort and friendship to help brighten someone’s day. Or imagine a charity event without volunteers we may not have those types of events without them.

Our communities have always had a wonderful volunteer-base, but there is always room for more as the need continues to grow. There are numerous opportunities for individuals to get involved as a volunteer. Countless community organizations rely on the support of volunteers to help ensure their operations run smoothly.

Volunteering is an opportunity to give back. We encourage residents of Lacombe and Blackfalds to find an area of interest, look for a volunteer opportunity and help our community continue to thrive.

If you are interested in volunteering, check out Volunteer Central’s web site at www.volunteerreddeer.ca for a number of ways to get involved and help make this already great community even better.