India's Mahatma Gandhi once advised: "Be the change you want to see in the world."

There are many people in Woodbury who have taken his words to heart. People of all ages are engaged in service to effect positive change in the community by mentoring youth, picking up debris along highways, delivering meals to senior citizens, caring for homeless animals, and providing many other services.

Each year, hundreds of people volunteer in city-sponsored programs alone. They're improving our community by adopting a park, serving on an advisory board, or becoming a member of the Police Reserve Program. Volunteers collect water samples from city lakes, patrol our parks and trails, assist with recreation programs, and much more.

In April each year, the city publicly recognizes Woodbury residents who improve community life through their volunteer work. This is done in conjunction with Volunteer Recognition Week, which is observed on both a state and national level during April.

The city's volunteer programs include:

In addition to the ongoing programs, there are many volunteer opportunities for specific events. Information about these events will be available on the Web and in city publications a few weeks prior to the date of the events.