Volunteers: the life’s blood of any community. That is so much more than a cliché: try to imagine North Grenville without the Lions Club Christmas Trees and Easter Bunnies. Imagine no Rotary Canada Day Parade, or Christmas in Oxford Mills. The reality in this region is that there are simply not enough weekends in the year to fit everything in that volunteers present for our benefit and support.

Every week, in the North Grenville Times, the pages are filled with concerts, plays, fund raisers of all kinds, OPP BBQ’s and Hey Days in the Summer, and the Sweetheart Brunch in the Winter. What our young people do without the volunteers who coach, train, and transport baseball, softball, hockey, and basketball teams? Everywhere you look, at any time of the year, there are people of all ages giving of their time, energy and money to make good things happen on behalf of their friends and neighbours.

It is been said many times before, but should never be forgotten: it takes a village to raise a child. It also takes a village, a community, to raise children who appreciate getting involved, caring about others, doing what you can to make life better, happier, more fulfilling, for the people around them. The oldest volunteers were raised that way, and they are shining examples of upcoming generations of what a difference volunteering can make, not just to others, but to the volunteers themselves.

It’s a tradition; it’s a joy; and, yes, it’s also a sacrifice. Much nicer, sometimes, to remain safe and warm at home, rather than putting yourself out for others. But it makes a difference, it adds quality to life, it is what adds flavour to your life. So, keep it up, take it up, find your place in this wonderful place we call home.

If you’re new to North Grenville, there’s no shortage of opportunities for you to get involved and become part, a living and active part, of your new neighbourhood. You will never regret it.

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