They work to make our communities safer, cleaner, and just a little bit brighter, and now you can show your appreciation for them.

Sunday marked the start of National Volunteer Appreciation Week running from April 6 through April 12.

The week honors individuals who work to better their communities.

Taking a look at Elk Grove, volunteers in police services have been serving the community since 1994.  

As officer Chris Trim says, the invaluable work provided by these men and women, helps to make police officer work more efficient.

"The volunteer will take the report, as opposed to an officer taking the report out in the field, which will allow that officer now to be more proactive," Trim said. 

In 2013 alone, volunteers donated more than 11,000 hours of service to the department, which led to a presidential recognition award for the volunteers' incredible work.