We Salute Our Community's Volunteers

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When someone in the Rim Country is in need, the people who live here step up BIG TIME.

The 2008 "Progress Edition" -- which you will find in this issue of the Roundup -- is dedicated to the men and women who give extra time to causes they care about.

In years past, the Payson Womans Club gave Payson a library and a hospital.

PAWS in the Park members gave us a dog park.

Volunteers make the Rim Country a phenomenal place to live.

Because of volunteers, a child can learn a new skill, a struggling family will have enough to eat, a bed-bound senior can hear music, a teenager can afford college, a battered woman can find safety, a hiker with a sprained ankle can make it home, a teacher gets cool stuff for his classroom, a veteran can get help with benefit questions ...

If the list of kindnesses seems endless and the generous donations of money, clothes and canned goods amazing, it is because people here are just plain nice.

We submit that the fine civic groups, made up of individual members, profiled within the pages of our special section are the foundation of our community's progress.

There is an incredible amount of networking support between organizations. For instance, at least 10 organizations mentioned helping the Time Out shelter for victims of abuse.

Quite a few volunteers give of their time and money to two or more groups.

We wanted to provide lists of volunteers from each organization. We were surprised when some organizations preferred to keep their membership private.

We had visions at one point of tracking the amount of money and physical donations organizations give directly back to our community.

However, not all groups had statistics handy.

Just as the 29,000 of Payson-Pine-Strawberry hours reported by the Retired Senior Volunteer Program in 2007 is but part of the volunteer picture, we bet the dollars and items contributed easily tops $1,500,000.

In this special edition, the Roundup tried to profile broadly supported groups. We are sorry if we missed yours as we combed our archives and lists while trying to make the multitude of stories fit on our Helping Hands pages.

We regret we were unable to list the youths who give back though time walking dogs at the Payson Humane Society, collecting food for the less fortunate and making the holidays bright for other families during the holidays.

If your organization hosts a special event, changes meeting times or leadership, or we need to know about your efforts, please contact us via e-mail at editor@payson.com or call (928) 474-5251.

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