With many small towns in Eastern Oregon and the emergency resources, all rely on volunteers, it’s tough sometimes to be in two places at the same time. Many ambulance and firefighter volunteers have a full-time job, and can’t always respond to a call. At times, a larger town responds to the emergency, when the volunteer responders can’t, which takes longer. That sometimes puts people in danger. With older volunteers stepping down, not too many younger people are interested in volunteering. Volunteering is multi-faceted in its importance to our society. It enriches our society, brings us together as a community, and helps keep businesses and other organizations afloat. Volunteers are integral to our society. However, there’s much more to being a volunteer than giving back. Not only is volunteering important because it helps to better your community, but it also helps to better you as an individual. Volunteering is a free way to feel good about you. The best part is that you get to share that positivity to those you’re volunteering with. This feel-good feeling is actually shown to decrease your risk of depression because it keeps you active and helps you make new, fulfilling connections. If there is interest in volunteering in service in your community, contact your city service of interest.