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Volunteering can be more than gratifying

February 22, 2012
Times Leader
By ZACH MACORMAC, For The Times Leader Organizations in the local community always could use a helping hand — especially when it comes at no cost. Many smaller municipalities have volunteer fire departments with dedicated local residents always on call. Most cities usually have a soup kitchen or homeless shelter always looking for volunteers. So what are the benefits of volunteering locally, particularly if you’re in your 20s or 30s? For Wheeling resident Kathleen Frank and niece Sarah Frank, it is just a way to feel good knowing they are helping someone. “It always feels good to do something for someone else,” Kathleen Frank said. Sarah added she gets a “good feeling for helping” those in need. A freshman at Wheeling Park High School, Sarah volunteers for the Catholic Neighborhood Center in Wheeling with its food drives and at the Children’s Museum of the Ohio Valley. With her niece following in her footsteps, Kathleen and her husband, Kevin, are notable for their part in renovating the Sandscrest Scout Reservation for the Boy Scouts of America. Kathleen also serves at the Catholic Neighborhood Center. The Franks noted that while volunteering helps them to help others, it also instills a sense of responsibility and a work ethic for all those involved. Sarah Frank has not entered the workforce yet, but her aunt believes she is learning the skills necessary to prove successful when she enters a paid position. Sarah Frank noted she plans to put her volunteer programs on future applications and resumes. Mimi Parsons, board president at the Children’s Museum, added a volunteer position can “snowball” into something bigger, and in some cases a full career. “I started at the museum years ago as a volunteer and then I served on the board and now I’m the board president,” she said. Kathleen Frank, who is employed at Wheeling Jesuit University’s Challenger Learning Center, said one of the volunteers at the center, Jenna Klemkowsky, eventually went on to get a job with the center.

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Sarah Frank, a Wheeling Park High School student, volunteers at the Children’s Museum of the Ohio Valley.

 
 

 

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