Editorial: Volunteers are the soul of our people

Apr. 22, 2013 @ 02:44 PM

Today in Raleigh, Gov. Pat McCrory will be handing out some very important awards. But we’d like to quickly point out, anyone who gives time as a volunteer is already an award winner in our book. Volunteers don’t do it for recognition.

McCrory joined many across the nation in recognizing Sunday through Saturday as Volunteer Week. He’ll present the N.C. Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service Awards today at the Executive Mansion.

Here in the Tri-County, there are hundreds, dare we say thousands, who step up and pitch in for causes on a regular basis. The examples are many and varied, and all are essential to helping create a quality of life we all enjoy.

During this week, we are all to be inspired, recognized and encouraged as we engage in our communities. Working together, we meet challenges, accomplish goals, take action and make the way for change. We are so much stronger collectively as opposed to individually.

We tremble at the thought of a community without volunteers. The future of the Tri-County is bright because we know they will be there. We will remain entrenched with a nucleus of people who care, and who are productive.

The nation is estimated to have more than 63 million volunteers, or roughly 20 percent of the population. If the Tri-County is on track with the national average, we’re talking 23,000 in Vance, Granville and Warren counties who inspire others with participation, giving of their time and who are mobilized for action.

Rest assured, especially after regular debacles in Raleigh and Washington, D.C., our government simply can’t solve all of our problems. Much as we’d like, they can’t do it here in our municipalities and counties either.

But we can help, and we do. Time and again, volunteers step forward and try to make this a better place to live now and in the future.

The list of entities in our communities who gladly accept volunteer efforts is long. Perhaps some require a few prerequisites. But if there’s a willing heart, there’ll be a place to put willing hands to work.

To all the volunteers in our community, we offer a most sincere “Thanks!” not only today, but every day.