OVER 600 volunteers signed up with the Wicklow Volunteer Centre last year.
Volunteers registered with the centre contributed an incredible 22,174 hours to their community in 2012.
Applying the average industrial wage, this voluntary effort has an equivalent value of over €489,159.
'It is heartening to see Wicklow residents remain as committed as ever to the local community,' said Manager of Wicklow Volunteer Centre Leah Kinsella.
She said that January is often a busy time at the centre.
'Volunteering is a wonderful New Year's resolution,' said Leah. 'It can be a great way of trying out something new, getting active and meeting new people.'
For more information go to www.volunteerwicklow.