This is National Volunteer Week, a few days set aside each year to honour the men, women and children who give freely of their time for organizations and events in their communities.
 
April Harrison is the Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) Co-ordinator for the Town of Drumheller.
 
"So many of our programs and events occur because of the work of volunteers in this community," she told 99.5 Drum FM. "The Good Food Box program is just a perfect example of that: we have a volunteer that does the ordering, and the packing of the boxes and they hand the boxes out. Without them, it just would not happen."
 
"When you think of every sports organization in the valley, all of the different charities and all of the service clubs and everything else, all of the lovely (community) breakfasts that we get every week, they just would not happen if it were not for the commitment of people giving up their time," she added.
 
The theme of this year's National Volunteer Week is 'Celebrate the Value of Volunteering -- building confidence, competence, connections and community.' Nation wide, it's estimated that 12.7 million Canadians give of their time and effort every year.
 
"I think the purpose of Volunteer Week is twofold," stated Harrison. "The first is to say gosh, look at all the work that they do and what we achieve together; and two, to say thank-you so much for that commitment that you have given to us."
 
The town is hosting a volunteer appreciation night Tuesday at the Badlands Community Facility.

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