Carroll County relies heavily on volunteers, saving taxpayers thousands of dollars each year. Over 8,000 volunteers provide more than 429,000 hours of service to the community. Overall, volunteer recreation council efforts result in a community contribution valued at $15.2 million annually ($10 million in labor and $5.2 million in registration, fundraising and sponsorships), effectively leveraging budgeted county funds at a rate of $5.40 for every single county dollar spent. In comparison, by using volunteers, Carroll County operates with 27 full-time staff compared to other nearby county recreation and parks departments with as many as 230 full-time staff. While neighboring counties may use paid staff to line ballfields and provide onsite coverage of activities, those tasks are completed by volunteers in Carroll, again saving taxpayers money.