Kathy Stevenson has been an active volunteer in Fort Saskatchewan for most of her adult life.
She believes volunteering can be whatever you make of it. It can be a one time or ongoing commitment.
"My mother was always volunteering when I was growing up here, so it seemed the natural thing to do," she explained. "You can be on the board of directors or a hardworking minion."
Her work includes assisting with the creation of the Fort Saskatchewan Furniture Bank, New Year's Eve in the Fort and many other initiatives.
The furniture bank provides gently used furniture and household items to help those transitioning out of either abusive situations, homelessness or other scenarios.
New Year's Eve in the Fort is an alcohol-free event for families in the area.
While a member of the Fort Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce's Women in Business Committee, Stevenson saw that a lack of professional clothing can be a barrier to employment for those in need. Running with the idea, Stevenson and other committee members created a pop-up shop of donated professional clothing for women.
"This was my favourite event because we could see that we had made a difference," said Stevenson.
Stevenson was also a member of the Fort Saskatchewan Rotary Club for a period of three years.
"For someone looking to start the volunteer experience but not really knowing how to get started, I highly recommend joining a service group," she added.
Stevenson's career as a lawyer also allows her to offer free legal advice to local non-profit groups.
"I think the best volunteers are those who are passionate about a cause. Mine is making Fort Saskatchewan a better community to live in."
National Volunteer Week was Apr.15-21.