Volunteering is great.
Our tiny town of 3,000 has a volunteer Fire Department, volunteer library, and volunteer youth sports field house and fields. We even convinced the state national guard to do all the heavy earth moving to level the ball fields as part of a training exercise. We think we're better off than those snotty neighboring towns and cities who triple their taxes
to have town employees raise their kids
The only problem with the volunteer Fire Department was that when my then wife (now ex) fainted once, 30 volunteers crammed into my house. I guess there's only so much entertainment in a small town.