Volunteer of the week: Fern Williams, of Buchanan

Fern Williams, 90, of Buchanan, is a volunteer at Redbud Area Ministries in Buchanan. The organization distributes food, clothing, household items and limited financial assistance to those in need within the community.

How long have you been involved with Redbud Area Ministries?

About 10 years.

How did you get started there?

Somebody announced at church that Redbud Area Ministry needed help, and so I came down and talked to them, and they put to work the next week.

What do you do there?

We serve people clothing and food. There is no charge. Sometimes we help with the light bills and the rent. It all depends on the kind of help they need. I’m the oldest volunteer here, so I just kind of boss [the other volunteers] around.

What do you like about volunteering there?

I like the community, and I like to help people. I like the people I work with here. I get a lot of pleasure out of it. I meet some nice people.

Do you volunteer anywhere else?

Not really, but I am on some committees at my church. I like to do things and help with activities with the church.

Why do you think volunteering in the community is important?

I think it helps people who are having problems. I think the volunteers are here to help the people who really need their help. At least here, we help people with the things they need most like groceries and clothes.

How would you encourage others to volunteer?

It’s a good activity, and it’s just a good help for the community. It’s a good past time for someone who has some extra time on their hands.

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