To selfless soldiers
A bright, warm day. The beaches were filled, as well as the parks and the malls. And yet a bunch of Army soldiers and reservists chose to spend it volunteering for the Japan Relief Drive. Spc. Marian Fisher was the heart of it all.
We started at 6 a.m., when only the roosters were up. I learned how hard it was to build a tent. But I learned more about what wonderful, giving people they are. They worked hard and laughter was heard all around. While they were worried about not getting paid because of the potential federal government shutdown, it was only mentioned once. And they still gave.
I didn't feel like I was giving; it was more me taking. It was wonderful to be with these guys and girls who probably had better things to do. And yet some stayed, others went home for a shower and a nap and came back; some with their kids. After all, this was a 24-hour event. And the generous people of Savannah gave with their hearts. I couldn't have chosen a better way to spend my weekend. God bless them all.
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During National Volunteer Week, I want to thank publicly the nearly 200 volunteers who support Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry's efforts to equip adults with the reading, writing, speaking and math skills they need to succeed in the family, the workplace and the community.
At a time when an estimated 10,745 Beaufort County adults lack basic literacy skills, our volunteers recognize that a literate adult population is key to the economic, social, civic and physical health of our community, as well as the key to the educational success of younger and future generations.
Whether they help out in our offices, tutor students, plan events, raise money or serve in a governance role on our board of directors or a board committee, our volunteers enable us to provide cost-effective tutorial and instructional services to more than 800 adults annually. They are a strategic, valued resource.
Every day they provide unspoken testimony to Margaret Mead's belief: "Never doubt the ability of a small group of thoughtful, committed (people) to change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
Nancy Williams, executive director
of the Lowcountry