National Volunteer Week is intended to bring recognition to those who already volunteer while inspiring others to join the ranks.
Many local organizations simply couldn't offer the level of services they provide without the many volunteers throughout the community.
Jane and Terry Rohlin
At Warren General Hospital, Director of Volunteer Services Debbie Gray calls on many people to perform many tasks.
This week, she directed the spotlight to her "dynamic duo," Jane and Terry Rohlin of Russell.
Warren General, like any hospital, is a serious place and the people going there are often concerned.
Providing a friendly face or two is a big part of what the Rohlins do.
"Working at the hospital, we might be the only ones they see with a smile," Jane said.
"A lot of people walk in and they are scared to death," Terry said. "If they can see a friendly face that can do a little bit for them, that's what it's all about."
They know first-hand how important that is.
"My husband was very, very sick about two and a half years ago," Jane said. "The care he got over there was wonderful."
"We're very fortunate to have the quality of care that we do at the hospital," Terry said. "We'd just like to give back a little bit to them."
"We received so much kindness, we want to give it back," Jane said. "We see this as a way we can give back to the hospital and to give the kindness back to the people."
The Rohlins work as a team - it's more convenient to drive in together and they get to spend time together while they work.
They might think 'work' is too strong a term.
"We're very active," Terry said. "That's a couple hours a week of down time."
The couple usually act as greeters at the main desk, but they'll take any work Gray throws their way.
"We are all images of Jesus," Jane said. "We want to do our best."
"They do whatever I ask them to," Gray said. "Administration will ask if the volunteers could put letters together or put labels on or make copies. You can take it to them and they'll do it."
"They're the go-to people," she said. "They'll never turn you down. They never get their feathers ruffled."
The Rohlins find it an easy place to work.
"We really enjoy it," Terry said. "We meet a lot of people."
"It's a gratifying experience all around," Jane said.
"Charmaine Check volunteers hundreds of hours every year to costuming at the Struthers Library Theatre," Executive Director Marcy O'Brien said. "She dresses the Warren Players and the Youth Connection as well as working standby for the theatre's celebrity acts."
Check said she spends time in the theater annex almost every day.
It's her passion, as it was her husband John's.
"That's how I met my husband," Check said.
The two education majors met in college theater classes and found that they worked well together. "I got him through costume and makeup, he got me through stage design and lighting," she said.
From that beginning, through four children, all of whom have been on stage throughout their lives, and now with grandchildren, the theater was a major part of their lives.
John passed away five years ago this week.
The theater, and especially the costume room at the annex, holds many fond memories for Charmaine, of her husband and of the many others she has worked with over the years.
"It's a lot of memories of the wonderful people I've worked with who had a passion for theater," she said.
"I'm costume director, and this is my baby," she said as she pointed to the thousands of costumes hanging around her space.
"Charmaine carries the entire inventory in her head," O'Brien said. "She can put her hand on almost any grass skirt, tuxedo or kimono you might request or tell you how she can create it or remake it most likely in an hour."
The memories hanging in the room grow with each new production.
Among her favorite moments in the theater are those when young people wear a new costume for the first time.
"Watching the kids put these costumes on and become these characters," she said. "You watch the transformation. They are so excited about doing this."