The days of summer vacation will soon be over for school students, and for most in this area, they will be returning to class on Monday, Aug. 27. But those children and teenagers arenít the only ones who have been enjoying a break during the past few months.

Many charitiable organizations and civic groups take some time off at this time of year, recognizing that many of the volunteers on whom they depend are otherwise occupied. If they donít take time off, they probably curtail some activities until the Labor Day arrives.

Itís the middle of August now, and for those who have been enjoying such a break, itís almost time to get back into action.

A host of volunteer activities are available to area residents, and many of those have calendars based on the public school year. They include the various youth organizations such as 4-H Clubs, Scouting and church groups.

The Brown County United Way will kick off its annual campaign on Sept. 6, and workers are always welcome there. Meanwhile, almost every United Way member agency has opportunities for service among their wide array of programs.

Perhaps the communityís biggest project involving volunteers takes place in one month ó the seventh annual Brownwood Reunion Celebration. Committees have been working for months to prepare for this major endeavor, and hundreds of volunteers make it possible.

Volunteers are a crucial component for almost every valuable and necessary program in Brown County. The opportunities are endless, and the time to step forward is now.

Brownwood Bulletin