Volunteerism is the backbone of DeWitt’s successful community. Looking around the community, I see the Operahouse, beautiful churches, the hospital, the school, and the warm
welcoming downtown. Most of this was accomplished through the time and efforts of DeWitt’s volunteer community.
I feel lucky to be a part of this community. For me, it started in the late 70’s when Al Tubbs asked me to assist in the reconstruction of the Operahouse (DART). I felt such pride as the doors opened and the first movie was shown. It was a wonderful, fulfilling experience. I guess that was what wet my whistle for volunteering. Since that time I have watched many organization grow, the Hospital Foundation in 1999, the Central Community Educational Foundation in 1993, the LincolnWay Foundation in 2005 (former DeWitt Area Foundation in 1987), the STAR Project for Central Schools in 2006, and now working with Friends of Frances for the Frances Banta Waggoner Library expansion. What a pleasure it is to say I have had a part in these projects. I smile every time I walk through the doors at one of these great facilities; I even smile when I drive past them!
Pride in the community that I have grown -up in and have lived in most of my life has encouraged me in my volunteering. I wish everyone would have the opportunity to grow -up in a healthy, safe, active community such as ours; enjoying the amenities so many volunteers have afforded this community. It is so easy for me to say ”DeWitt Delivers”!
Seize the Day! Patty Henricksen – DeWitt Volunteer and Resident
Photo Credit: DeWitt Observer
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