April is National Volunteer Month, a time to celebrate the work our volunteers do year-round, giving their time, talent, voice and support to the causes they care about in our community.

For me, it is a time to personally reflect on how blessed I am to be a part of a community that really does care and is always ready to help those in need.

Grove City enjoys a tremendous gift from hundreds of volunteers who participate in projects, and those charged with organizing, planning and executing the ongoing efforts of the city's committees, boards and commissions. The commitment of these individuals serves as an inspiration to others and is key to the effective stability, growth and development of our city.

The city's list of volunteer organizations is remarkable and touches a wide range of needs from beautification and civil service to history preservation. Our community is also quite fortunate to have multiple service and civic groups dedicated to assisting with various needs, including the Grove City Food Pantry, scouting, community events, schools and youth sports organizations.

With unending dedication, our volunteer groups meet regularly to map annual events. The Grove City Buddy Ball League is just one of the multiple service organizations that banks hundreds of volunteer hours with many individuals of all ages working tirelessly year-round to bring the joy of baseball to children and adults of all abilities at the Mirolo Dream Field at Mount Carmel Stadium in Windsor Park.

One of my favorite and truly inspiring spring volunteer events is ACTS Grove City. Community volunteers come together and fulfill various tasks, including yard work, home maintenance and providing companionship among neighbors in need.

Keep Grove City Beautiful, working together with the Boy Scouts, will perform its ninth year of clearing debris from more than two miles of our local streams.

Last year, 85 Boy Scouts dedicated 425 hours in removing more than 1,000 pounds of debris from the Mulberry Run waterway.

Our community of volunteers spans all ages, including senior residents sharing their time at the Evans Center, and the Volunteer Involvement Program for Grove City teens, boasting more than 125 young participants sharing nearly 800 hours of their time last year alone.

During National Volunteer Month, we celebrate and appreciate our volunteers -- the change-makers who quietly work each day to contribute to a more vibrant community. I am honored to share my appreciation for their inspiring service.

Richard L. "Ike" Stage is serving his fifth term as mayor.