Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
Opinion: Volunteers hold communities together
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 18 Apr 2007, p. 6

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Volunteers. They are the lifeblood of caring communities like Halton Hills. While their efforts go largely unnoticed, without volunteers the social and cultural fabric of our town would unravel, leaving many of our most vulnerable residents to suffer and many of our most cherished community events extinct. Volunteers are the foundation of nearly every facet of community life. This week (April 16-20) is National Volunteer Week, a chance to thank the legions of silent heroes who offer their time in exchange for the satisfaction of knowing they have in some small way touched countless lives. Volunteers come in all shapes, sizes and abilities. In its purest form, volunteering doesn't require a university education, endless hours of on-the-job training or even a specific skill set. All you need is a caring heart and a willingness to lend a helping hand. Volunteers can be students working toward the 40 hours of community service required to graduate high school, or grandmothers who turn a lifelong passion for knitting into a contribution of sweaters, mittens and socks to their neighbourhood church. Behind the scenes of just about every health-care organization beat the selfless hearts of small armies of volunteers, ready to offer a ride to and from doctor's appointments, often with the wisdom of having previously faced a similar ailment or perhaps just a sympathetic ear in a time of anxiety and uncertainty. No matter what your interest, there are opportunities out there to give something back to your town and its residents. Without the vital cultural contributions of volunteer-driven service clubs, sport leagues and community arts groups, much of what we value about living in Halton Hills would simply vanish. We should always be grateful for our volunteers. Without them, our community would lose a large chunk of its soul. For your contribution to the quality of life we all enjoy, please accept our gratitude.

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Opinion: Volunteers hold communities together