Many different groups and organizations, be they governmental, private businesses and not-for-profit or charity groups, rely on skilled volunteers to assist them in providing the care, comfort and assistance that many people need. That there will always be more people needing help than there are resources to help them is just a fact of life. But the generous time and talents that volunteers bring to the table help bridge that gap in so many areas. During times of emergencies and disasters, volunteers make up the majority of help hurting people so desperately need. At our local county level of government, we just do not have the money or resources to provide all the assistance and help our citizens need during these times. This is why we rely so heavily on volunteers to fill this gap. Neighbors helping neighbors is the backbone of our effort. Through government agencies like public health, fire departments and emergency management, in close coordination with local businesses and business leaders and not-for-profit groups such as the American Red Cross, AMBUCS, the United Way, The Salvation Army, local churches and more, we recruit and utilize everyday people from Vermilion County who are willing to give generously of their time to help their neighbors in need. Every hour a volunteer donates to help a neighbor in need is worth a lifetime of gratitude that is given in return.