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Volunteers make a difference

By Staff | Apr 17, 2009

The strength of a community is its people.

And a community is alive when its residents are involved in it.

National Volunteer Week is April 19-25, a time to acknowledge and appreciate those who give their time and talents to make a difference in the community.

We come across volunteers in Rugby every day – people young and old sharing part of their day to make our community better. Imagine what our community would be like without volunteers.

-No one to make ambulance calls.

-No one to sing in our church choirs.

-No one to coach our youth hockey programs.

-No one to clean ditches along the highway.

-No one to coordinate our community food pantry.

-No one to fight fires.

-No one to plan a county fair.

-No one to perform summer musicals or community concerts.

-No one to spend time with long term care or nursing home residents.

-No one to deliver Meals on Wheels to residents.

-No one to coach our gymnastics program.

How could our community function without these volunteers and many more?

It simply couldn’t.

We pride ourselves on being a small town that offers many services, activities, entertainment and opportunities for residents. And it’s because people are willing to put in the time and effort to create these opportunities that we remain a progressive and active community.

If volunteer support wanes, then we take a step back. The good news is it’s never too late to become involved or give back to the community. There are many services, activities, and organizations that need our help, and new faces are always welcome.

Don’t be reluctant to become involved. Our community is successful because citizens realize the importance of volunteerism. We all should take a moment to reflect on what we can do to make the community a better place.

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