FROM THE EDITOR
Picture a Palmerston North without volunteers. That could be tricky. Volunteers look just like regular folk. They can be any age; turning up to make a contribution in such a way you’d often never suspect they were unpaid, or acting out of altruism
Because they look like regular people, what they accomplish is often ‘‘invisible’’. However, without this invisible army of committed helpers, some things we take for granted, either wouldn’t happen, or wouldn’t happen to the degree we’ve come to expect.
From sporting sidelines to social and community clubs and services, from op shop staff to refugee resettlement, tree planting and food banks, volunteers are the salt of the earth.
Next week is National Volunteer Week – raising awareness about the volunteering opportunities that exist for people to serve their communities, while making others aware of just how much volunteers add to the quality of our surroundings.