Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Give by Giving Back: Volunteerism

I had the privilege of joining a team of corporate volunteers at the home of Mrs. W. for an SCS HOMES (Home Owner Maintenance and Enhancement for Seniors) project. Mrs. W. is a 66 year-old retiree of the state government where she worked for 34 years. She lives alone in a home she purchased in the mid-1960s, now filled with great memories of raising her family. While the volunteers were painting, landscaping, and wrapping her pipes with winterizing material, she entertained us with stories about the growth and change of Atlanta. A walking encyclopedia of local history, she made each of us feel that Atlanta was more of a large neighborhood than an impersonal city of bricks and mortar. Her “payment” for the kindness that the volunteers showed her that day, she said, was her lifelong devotion to community volunteerism – that she will continue until she is no longer able. A very vibrant woman, Mrs. W. says she “pays back” by volunteering at community centers, a park, schools, and her church.

Do you know someone who has the inspiring spirit of Mrs. W.? Would you like to help volunteer at SCS? Please check our web site for a multitude of worthwhile opportunities. Thank you.

-- By Brad Catherman
Vice President, Gift Planning

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