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Be the heart of your community: Volunteer

So many of the things we love about our town, from the services at our hospital to the festivals and other events we enjoy, are driven by volunteers.

Yet, as was reported in a recent edition of The News, several area organizations are struggling to find new members and volunteers as some of their most loyal supporters are aging and becoming less involved.

To be sure, volunteerism is still thriving in Northeast Michigan. At MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena, some 150 volunteers donated a collective 30,000 hours in 2017. The Alpena Youth Volunteer Corps has been nationally recognized for its efforts.

Yet, “we can always use more,” as hospital Volunteer Services Manager Amanda Timm said.

We encourage anyone with the means to do so to find some way to get involved. Donating dollars to worthy causes is important, but many organizations and events can’t survive without the accompanying donations of time and “sweat equity.”

So, the next time you’re out enjoying yourself at one of the Alpena area’s many events, take the time to thank the volunteers who make it happen and then ask how you might be able to get involved yourself.

Parents, encourage your children to volunteer and lead by example. Young people, find a way to stay active in your community and encourage your friends to do the same.

Be the heart of your community.

An upcoming opportunity is the annual Michigan Brown Trout Festival. An informational session for potential volunteers happens at 7 p.m. today at the Brown Trout offices on Campbell Street. Call 989-751-2598 if you can’t make the event but still want to be involved.

(THE ALPENA NEWS)

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