Volunteers are the backbone of our community. They donate their time to help their community and make the world a better place.

We'd like to take a moment to recognize some people in our community who volunteer their time to help others.

Earlier this week, CHVN posted on Facebook asking where you volunteer, for how long and why, and we want to give those people a huge thank you by giving them a shoutout!

Kenzie Prudhomme volunteers for the youth group at her church, as well as a church greeter and recently started volunteering at her local MCC thrift store, all because she loves serving others. Marcy Kornelson also loves donating her time at her local MCC.

Kali Samagalski has volunteered at the Manitoba Marathon, for the Ski Patrol for another 10 years and for the Special Olympics Manitoba in the first-ever athlete leadership council.

Lisa Friesen has helped out at the Rosenort Awana for over 10 years and does it because she loves working with kids.

Carole Falk uses her love of serving and socializing to volunteer at church and at a senior's lunch program.

Lora Dyck drives the van at Mennonite Collegiate Institute and volunteers at the library as well.

Melanie Oldridge Knight loves helping people, so that's why she's volunteered at her local food pantry for over 18 years.

Paula Hildebrand's love of animals has brought her to volunteer at Wildlife Haven for the past 14 months.

For the past 8 years, Tracey Funk has volunteered at the Youth for Christ in Altona. She also volunteers at the middle school cleaning up from the breakfast program.

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Carol Ann Joy Seburn proudly shared that she's been playing piano in churches on and off since 1957.

Janice Armstrong has created a connection with a number of residents at Union Gospel Mission while she's there volunteering in any way she can. She also helps out at her church.

George Dyck gave 39 years of his life to helping out at the fire department, police, and search and rescue.

Jenna Desilets goes above what's asked of as a teacher and she volunteers for extracurricular activities as well to show the students she cares for them outside of the walls of a classroom.

Jericho Cochico helped sports fans at the Investors Group Field during Blue Bombers games at one of the food stands.

Of course, this is only a small handful of those who volunteer in our community. We thank everyone who gives their time to help others!

1 Peter 4:10 NIV says "Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms."

So go, do the Lord's work, help those who are poor, sick and struggling. Help lift them up in the name of the Lord.

If you are someone that wants to get into volunteering but don't know where to start, you can look to your church, or workplace, ask your friends or visit Volunteer Manitoba for different opportunities.