Across the south-west countless volunteers make our communities tick along smoothly.
This week is National Volunteer Week and now, in unprecedented times, our volunteers are working harder than ever.
Koroit's Hannah Morris has volunteered countless hours over 12 years to Country Fire Authority units in the south-west.
Today the CFA group training officer calls the Kirkstall brigade home after being inspired by her father Colin Torney. She began her training in Hawkesdale in 2008.
On top of her fire fighting duties, Mrs Morris also volunteers with the Port Fairy State Emergency Services and is the deputy controller.
"I guess I always had exposure to CFA volunteering via my dad, there was always history there," she said.
"It was a great opportunity to learn new skills and give back to the community. I think being able to help is the reason I keep coming back and because no two jobs are ever the same, it's a challenge each time.
I'd encourage anyone who wants to give back to think about volunteering.Hannah Morris
After finishing her training, the 27-year-old joined her father as a volunteer at Spring Creek for 12 months, before moving to Kirkstall.
Mrs Morris has found her passion in coordinating training sessions for both emergency service units and is known for her enthusiasm.
"I think the amount of support and encouragement you get from members, management and staff is incredible," she said.
"If there's a particular path you really want to go down, to finesse a particular skill, they'll encourage you and provide opportunities to do that.
"While it is challenging at times it is also very rewarding. When you organise a training day, and people not only show up but get something meaningful in terms of skills out of it, that's really rewarding.
"Both organisations have given me so much confidence and people skills that have helped in my personal and work life. You learn things like management skills that really help.
"You're able to use your training and skills in life - when you can go out and help someone it is the best reward. But the friendships also - it's like an extended family you create."
Most of the volunteers at Foodshare are reluctant to have a light shone on their work.
But as the coronavirus pandemic continues, Foodshare is hitting its target of up to 130 hampers per weeks Executive officer Dedy Friebe thanked the volunteers for their tireless efforts.
"Most of our volunteers are mature-aged and don't want to be acknowledged for their work - that's not why they do it," he said.
"We have a range of volunteers with 36 individuals rostered on through the week in roles from shelf packing, hamper making and drivers.
"We have a good culture here and this week is a way to say thank you."
Mr Friebe also highlighted the efforts of Foodshare's corporate sponsors; Wannon Water, South West TAFE, Silvan Ridge, Roma Britnell's office and Ceebeks Business solutions which either send volunteer helpers or contribute to the organisation of the not-for-profit organisation.
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