Kate Stephens is one of the many local volunteers who make up the Macedon Ranges’ community.

As part of the council’s casserole club, she cooks and delivers a meal to a less-able member of the community once a week.

“My husband and I are here on our own, and I usually make enough for a few people, so I like to be able to share with people who can’t cook for themselves,” Mrs Stephens said.

She has encouraged anyone who has time, or who is used to cooking for a family, to join the casserole club and feed someone in need.

Macedon Ranges council is celebrating its volunteers such as Mrs Stephens this week for National Volunteers Week (May 21-27), while also asking more people to help out.

Acting mayor, councillor Natasha Gayfer, said there were many passionate people in the community who offered their time, effort and assistance.

“The contribution made by our volunteers to our services is incredible,” Cr Gayfer said.

More than 500 people volunteer across the council’s services and activities, and there is always room for more.

Volunteer opportunities are available with home and community care services, at the visitor information centres, at Kyneton Museum or at performing arts events, assisting with youth programs and as part of the casserole club.

Details: www.mrsc.vic.gov.au/volunteer or 5422 0333