The volunteers who bring hot meals to the homebound and perform backbreaking labor for tornado victims aren't interested in fame. They give up their time -- and share their skills -- to make sure that the hungry are fed and that those down on their luck have hope.
But during National Volunteer Month, we are taking outstanding do-gooders out of the backdrop and into the spotlight. We are honoring those who never hesitate to step up and motivate us all to give back.
Click through our slideshow to read the inspiring stories of five volunteers who have made immeasurable impacts on their communities and show no signs of letting up.
If you know a particularly incredible do-gooder who you think deserves to be recognized, email us at Impact@huffingtonpst.com so we can add the story to our slideshow.SLIDESHOW:
For her 105th birthday, Dorrie Aber Noyek celebrated with the activity she loves most, volunteering at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Fla., according to NBC Miami. "Volunteering has been important to me for as long as I can remember," said Noyek, who has been helping out at the hospital for 38 years. "I feel I want to give back. I think I'm very fortunate, very lucky, very blessed."
Scotty Crocker has cerebral palsy, but he doesn't let his condition stand in the way of doing the things he loves -- dancing, bowling and most of all, volunteering, ABC Action News reports. Every other week, the 41-year-old delivers meals to the homebound in Tampa, Fla., with Meals on Wheels.
After serving his country in World War II, Bill Howard went on to serve his Maryland community as a volunteer firefighter -- and has been doing so for 70 years, according to Owings Mills Patch. "It's nice when you put out a fire, and you didn't lose a life," the 89-year-old told the news outlet. "You lost a building, but not a life."
Instead of the hitting the beach, 80 international students from Purdue University headed to Marysville, Ind., to help tornado victims recover, according to MSNBC. "It's just phenomenal how anybody would take their spring break and come out and do this kind of stuff for us," Indiana Conservation Officer Roger Goldman told the news outlet. "It's just great."
Peter Brady, 70, may have retired from his job at Nestle, but he doesn't plan on giving up his lead volunteering role anytime soon, according to Brookfield Patch. For the past 14 years, the Brookfield, Conn. resident has inspired community members to spend one afternoon a year raking lawns around town, and he now brings in 1,000 volunteers to help.