Volunteers: Give thanks to those who give their time

Most of the people doing the good things that keep our community moving forward don’t receive any pay or even much recognition for their efforts — not that they would want it. The army of volunteers working with our charitable and civic organizations is mainly just ordinary men and women doing extraordinary things because they believe they must. It is their responsibility to help.

At Tuesday’s Parkersburg City Council meeting, however, a few of those vital folks did get some well-deserved recognition. Debbie Jeffrey, of the Ladyburgs volunteer group, invited representatives from some organizations to use the public comment period to recognize a few of their valued volunteers.

“She’s one of the ladies that makes this city great,” said Pastor Dan Stevens, about Teresa Bayles work in the community.

“We cannot imagine what the community would be like without her,” SW Resources sales supervisor Jan Hartman said of Jonelle Merritt.

And Parkersburg Pride President Cammy Murray said of all the volunteers who support the organization, “I’m here to give my heartfelt thanks and gratitude …”

Volunteers give so much of their work, time — and sometimes financial support — to our local organizations, which in turn serve far more as our community’s safety net than any government program could. We join those who expressed their thanks to a representative few this week. And we hope more will join their ranks.

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