These unsung stars are the people who deserve the credit for their outstanding contributions to everything from running charity shops to supporting archaeoloigal digs.
It’s an apt time to put the world’s unpaid army in the spotlight as it will be International Volunteers Day on December 5.
It is a chance to celebrate volunteers and the organisations that they work for.
In the meantime, let’s celebrate the heroes closer to home with these nine archive reminders of the work they do.
1. Volunteer heroes at Christmas
Allan and Dorothy Kennedy were busy volunteering on Christmas Day at Grange Road Methodist Church in 2008.
2. A fundraising walk in 2011
Hartlepool's wonderful RNLI volunteer crew took part in a charity walk in this 2011 scene. Pictured are crew members Clare Gibbin and Steve Pounder with St Hilds pupils.
3. Feeding the hungry
Hartlepool Food Bank volunteers Andrew Milner (left) and Al Wales were pictured doing great work in 2012.
4. Such an important cause
Macmillan Cancer fundraising manger Lindsay Kay was pictured with volunteers Brenda Ridge, Suzanne Appleby and Shirley Walker in 2013.
Photo: Stu Norton