We were pleased to run photos in Monday's Courier of Southwestern High School students helping out at a Habitat for Humanity construction site.

Over the years, Courierarea residents - of all ages - have supported a wide variety of volunteer efforts.

This is National Volunteer Week, recognizing the millions of volunteers who devote their time and efforts to making a difference in the lives of others across America.

From working at food banks to serving as docents at our historic properties ... from participating in the River Sweep to mentoring for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, we've got the volunteer spirit.

Volunteer are the backbone of many communities. And, those who volunteer will tell you that they, too, benefit from their participation.

A Purdue University study about the health benefits of volunteer work by seniors is no surprise. Researchers say people age 70 and older who volunteer have less age-related disease than younger people who don't volunteer.

Every age group has something to offer the volunteer experience.

Adult volunteers bring years of real-life experiences to their volunteer efforts. Many of them feel an obligation to give back to their community.

Young volunteers offer strong backs and a "can-do" attitude.

It's a win-win situation. Volunteers help communities ... and communities embrace volunteers.