VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- It's a job they don't get paid to do, but it is a passion, says longtime Virginia Beach rescue squad volunteer Ellen McBride.

"There is nothing like holding someone’s hand or performing CPR or doing whatever you need to do to help that person who is having a terrible day," McBride says.

All of the 30 or so ambulances in Virginia Beach are owned by the volunteer rescue squads. That means the city doesn't pay for the truck or the equipment inside. In fact, when you ride to the hospital in an ambulance in the city, it's absolutely free.

Now that it's the giving season, volunteers hope you'll donate to their fundraiser so they can continue serving the community.

"When people donate to our rescue squads, they are donating to save the lives of our friends and neighbors."

McBride says every dollar helps.

"You'll never regret supporting us," she says. "Not to be scary, but you don't want to be the person that we can't help."

If you want to help volunteers continue to do what they love, click HERE.