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Get involved, thank our volunteers

Members of the Baldwinsville Volunteer Fire Company recently helped out at the YMCA rally held at Smokey Hollow Plaza in Baldwinsville. Volunteers are a vital component in keeping all the fire departments covering the Greater Baldwinsville area in service. These departments include the BVFC, Belgium Cold Springs, Cody, Lysander, Plainville, Seneca River, Warners, Memphis and Lakeside fire departments, as well as Enterprise Fire Company in Phoenix.

Members of the Baldwinsville Volunteer Fire Company recently helped out at the YMCA rally held at Smokey Hollow Plaza in Baldwinsville. Volunteers are a vital component in keeping all the fire departments covering the Greater Baldwinsville area in service. These departments include the BVFC, Belgium Cold Springs, Cody, Lysander, Plainville, Seneca River, Warners, Memphis and Lakeside fire departments, as well as Enterprise Fire Company in Phoenix.

— This week marks National Volunteer Week, which recognizes the efforts of volunteers and urges others to get out and volunteer in their communities.

Here in Baldwinsville we have thousands of volunteers to celebrate. From individuals who commit their time to numerous causes to those who can only spare an hour here and there, they are all making an incredible difference in our community.

What would Baldwinsville be like without our volunteers?

Homebound individuals would suffer without Meals on Wheels, a volunteer-based program delivering meals to homes; high school seniors would be left with risky choices without Keep the Ball Rolling, a volunteer-organized event designed to keep students safe; residents might have to forego necessary medical equipment without Female Charitable Society, a medical equipment loan closet run by volunteers; the community would lose entertainment opportunities made possible thanks to volunteer-run organizations like the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild; and a YMCA wouldn’t even be a blip on the Greater Baldwinsville map without the dedication of the volunteer-run board of managers.

This is just the tip of the iceberg when considering the dozens of programs made possible by Baldwinsville volunteers. Donating their time and their care without expectation of monetary reward, volunteers are on the front lines of all our community services. And there is always need for more helping hands.

If you are interested in learning more about emergency service organizations, the Baldwinsville Volunteer Fire Company is hosting an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday. Or, if you would like to learn about other volunteer opportunities, visit bvillevolunteers.org.

Join the lifeblood of our schools, community groups and emergency service organizations and become a volunteer.

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