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Do Good: For Nancy Waddell, it’s a lifestyle | HOMETOWN HERO

Do good, wherever you can, whenever you can, and to whomever you can. These are words that Nancy Waddell has set as words to aspire to.

HOMETOWN HERO | Christina Parker: A life of litmus tests

When Christina Parker was asked why she volunteers, she says, “I love it. I am like a kid in a candy store; I want to do everything.” But getting to “yes” takes a bit of thought.

Hometown Hero Ginny Mayer is known for her deeds o’ plenty

Ginny Mayer has a mission in her life, and though she says she comes up short every day, she tries to live by a philosophy best summed up by John Wesley: “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the places you can, to all the people you can as long as you ever can.”

HOMETOWN HERO | Mastering the art of understanding

Peace in the world just may be possible. If we all seek first to understand, rather than to be understood. People that have encountered Norma Smith describe her as an empathic listener with the desire to understand others. Whether she is volunteering with her youth group, mentoring young adults or serving in the political world, Smith asks questions and listens with no other agenda than to comprehend.

A willingness to serve others

Some try to stand out, others remain prepared to stand in for others when help is needed.When these stand-in people are around, problems seem to… Continue reading

HOMETOWN HERO: Native son goes the extra mile daily

What’s it take to go the extra mile?