It makes sense to give back to the resources we use regularly and support the running of them. As our government makes massive cuts across our tax-funded resources, more is falling to the community to keep free or low-cost access to basic resources such as nutrition, socialisation and education propped up. I am not in favour of the Big Society shuffling off employed professionals to be replaced with amateur volunteers offering important services instead or the essential services disappearing altogether simply to cut council costs or tax. In the meantime, however, these services need support and as loud a voice as possible. The more people who make use of the council-provided services and offer their voice, the more value the service will be deemed to have and so, hopefully, will less likely to be cut.
It can be a challenge to find time, especially with work or/and children, to volunteer. I can forget myself and end up relying on others in the community to do it all on my behalf so I can benefit without input. When I see the kids make an effort to help at group because they have seen me do so in the past, it inspires me again in turn to keep going and stay vocal.