Irish born Jack Anderson is a committed local volunteer after settling in to Dubbo about 30 years ago.
A good 19 of those years has been spent volunteering for the State Emergency Service.
“I’m a member of Headquarters and whether it’s storms, floods or tsunamis, we organise stuff for the units. I train in Cadets and communications,” he said.
Having previously worked as a mechanic, Jack also spends time driving for Community Transport, run by the Dubbo Neighbourhood Centre and has been doing so for four years.
He says the most rewarding thing is “probably the ‘thank-yous’ you get from the people that you help”.
Jack also started volunteering with Men’s Shed two years ago.
“At one stage Gary was the President and I was the Vice President of South Dubbo Men’s Shed.”
One of his most recent new projects includes a trip to Wellington, helping kids without cars to increase their driving hours in order to qualify for their license.
“There was a request for volunteers and I put my hand up, I enjoy doing it – (if I didn’t) I wouldn’t do it,” he said.
Making sure they are safe drivers, Jack says he tries “to ensure they don’t acquire any bad habits”.
So what does he have to say for those looking to volunteer in the community?
“Everyone should go for it, you’ll enjoy it!”