Lorna Johnson works to support Douglas High School counselors by providing them time to help with projects. She has helped set up the Advanced Placement testing and has proctored tests the past two years. She helps coordinate and support the Study Buddies peer tutoring program and steps up to provide all sorts of assistance for the school. She has been a mentor to one or more students, activity much appreciated by Principal Marty Swisher.
Rich Wagner, a former Minnesota resident, has lived in Minden for four years. He has four adult children and four grandchildren. He’s retired from law enforcement and from corporate security.
For three years he has volunteered at Douglas County Public Library, Food Closet and HOA Board.
Rich delivers books to those who are homebound, substitutes as needed for Food Closet pickups from donor retail sites and serves on the HOA board averaging 15-20 hours per month. He likes to stay engaged with the community, to give back, and to stay busy. His favorite aspect of volunteering is the appreciation of the clients and co-workers who are as passionate as he is. Volunteering makes Rich feel good.
How long have you lived here in Douglas County?
Town of residence
Where did you live before moving here to Douglas County?
My wife has two adult daughters. I have two sons. They and their wives have four children.
Are you currently working or retired?
If retired, former profession / If still working, current profession?
27 years in law enforcement and then 10 years in corporate security.
How long have you been a volunteer?
Where do you currently volunteer?
Douglas County Public Library, Food Closet, and HOA Board
What are your duties?
Homebound delivers books to those who can’t get to the library. For the food closet, I substitute as needed, making food pickups from donor retail sites. HOA, I serve on the Board.
How much time do you volunteer per month?
I probably average 15-20 hours a month. (3-5 hours per month for homebound delivery)
Why and how did you become a volunteer?
Engage with the community, give back, stay busy
Favorite aspects of volunteering?
All the appreciative clients & all the co-workers who are as passionate as you are.
What would you say to others to encourage others to volunteer?
It makes others feel good! It will make you feel good!
Affiliated with Carson Valley Community Food Closet
Camille Howard is the chairwoman of Douglas County Empty Bowls for the Food Closet. She has lived in Gardnerville 14 years having moved from Sylmar, California. Though she is retired as a ceramic teacher, and artist with oils and acrylics, Camille keeps pretty bush with the Carson City Children’s Museum, RSVP, work at several schools, China Spring, and as the lead person for Empty Bowls now in its third year. All together she volunteers 100-120 hours a month.
Camille became a volunteer when she was asked to be an Artist in Residence at a school, then “one thing lead to another.” She says, “because I love art, I can’t say ‘no’. Seeing my student’s faces when they see their finished pieces fired, when they want to paint again, that is a great feeling.” She encourages others to volunteer because helping anyone, child or adult do something that they thought they couldn’t do, makes your heart dance. “Just helping one person a few hours a month is a victory.”
The Empty Bowls Project in an international grass roots effort to raise awareness and funds to fight hunger. This year’s Douglas County event is October 9th. Contact the Food Closet, 775-782-3711 to volunteer or purchase tickets.