Volunteers make a difference

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Volunteering is important for numerous reasons that benefit both the community and the volunteers themselves.

When someone donates a handful of time, the difference made is tremendous and it shapes a community for the better while the experience improves the person who donates their time. Volunteering is what creates a community because it brings people together to work on a goal.
And that’s why the Valencia County News-Bulletin has, for the last 16 years, honored these men, women, youngsters, groups and organizations in our annual Locals edition as Unsung Heroes and Citizens of the Year. This year is no different.
We are again asking for nominations from the community. We will again be paying tribute to those who make a difference in the lives of our neighbors throughout Valencia County. The deadline to make your nomination is on Friday, Sept. 23.
Whether it is a fundraiser for the research to cure a disease that affects the whole world, or to help a local family who has fallen into a time of calamity, volunteers make it happen.
Community life is improved by aiding others and lending a helping hand to get a job done more effectively. So when it comes to getting the job done, such as a community clean up, the more the merrier.
When a person donates their time, they give hope to someone who needs it. If a local family’s house burns down and a group of people host a benefit for them, that family’s faith is revived when they realize that people care.
A volunteer also benefits themselves because they get to see how their contribution has made a difference. Not only does volunteering bring hope and happiness to people, it highlights the best in our community.
Do you know someone who volunteers at a local school? Someone who makes a difference in someone’s life without asking for anything in return? Is there someone who uses their time to better Valencia County?
If you do know someone like this, email Editor Clara Garcia at cgarcia@news-bulletin.com, or call 864-4472.