April 21-27 is National Volunteer Week, a time to thank the volunteers around us and to consider volunteering ourselves.
Volunteer opportunities are all around us, and thanks to the Emmet County Volunteer Network, volunteers throughout Emmet County will be able to roll up their sleeves and pitch in on projects right here in Emmet County.
Look for their website, www.volunteeremmetcounty.com, due to be up in mid-May.
So while we're awaiting that eventful day, now is the time to think about what type of volunteer activities in which you might engage.
First of all, what interests you. Is it youth? Then perhaps you'd be interested in serving as a youth mentor for Bedell Family YMCA Kinship which serves both Emmet and Dickinson counties.
Or maybe you'd like to help tutor young people. Well, check with your nearest school and see if you might be able to volunteer to help with an after-school program.
Do you like helping people who can't help themselves? Well, maybe you could help shut-ins or disabled people shovel their walks, pick up their yards or do routine maintenance.
And how about your church. Are there youth groups that could use your help? If you're not sure, ask.
If you like being outdoors or working with nature, the Emmet County Nature Center can always use volunteers every weekend to help staff the Nature Center east of Wallingford. And the Friends of Fort Defiance can sure use help during their twice-monthly work nights starting this spring.
Youth baseball and softball and soccer programs also need coaches.
So, as you can see, wherever your turn, there's a need for volunteers right here in Emmet County.
So raise your hand and step forward - and be counted.