Jackie Wright, who heads up the Council, said, “We would not be able to offer the services we do without our loyal volunteers.” As an example, Wright said they supply 16,000 meals each year with the help of the 60 volunteers involved.
Other help is provided by volunteers including the nine Ship (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) volunteers, 41 tax preparers, four payee assistance volunteers, over 18 Expo workers, and several front desk assistants.
Dave Gibson shared his thoughts on the history and value of volunteers. Gibson began his remarks saying, “I’m humbled to be here today.” Gibson said the first people to immigrate to theUnited Stateshad to take care of each other. He said, “That (caring) has now been passed down each generation as a family trait.”
Gibson, who formed the Gibson Insurance Agency, said he believes business and family life need to be balanced. He said, “You need to allocate 10 percent of your time and effort to make meaningful experiences.” He added, “You can make a difference in any aspect of volunteering.”
He was one of the community members who accepted the challenge many years ago from the Lilley Foundation to start a Community Foundation inMarshallCounty. Gibson said. “It (Community Foundation), is the single driving force in unifying this county.” Springing from the Community Foundation was both theUnited WayofMarshallCountyandLeadership MarshallCounty, according to Gibson.
He said, “It’s critical to believe in what you are doing. Get involved by doing what you do well.”
He ended his remarks saying, “What you are remembered for is the impact you made in the community.”
Carol Anders Correspondent