August AVID volunteer: L. Nora Weaver
November 15, 2011
Each month, The Record-Courier profiles a volunteer in cooperation with Active Volunteers in Douglas, a nonprofit organization formed to address recruitment, retention, placement, and recognition of volunteers.
Anyone who wishes to nominate a volunteer, or become active with AVID, is asked to call 783-6450 and leave a message, including a contact telephone number, or write AVID, PO Box 1057, Minden 89423.
August volunteer: L. Nora Weaver, Douglas County Senior Services
Town of residence: Gardnerville
How long have you lived in Douglas County? 52 years. We moved from Reno to Gardnerville in 1959. My husband’s job brought us here.
Family: I have two daughters and one son. Joyce Friedman lives in Houston, and is a retired nurse practitioner. Linda Safford is a retired high school special education teacher and lives in Lovelock. My son, Ned Weaver, works for Resource Concepts in Sparks.
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Are you working or retired? Retired, I worked 26 years for the telephone company in Gardnerville. Before I was a telephone operator, I was a stay-at-home mom and raised my children. The youngest was 3 years old when I went to work at the telephone company.
Where do you currently volunteer? I volunteer at the Douglas County Senior Center.
How long have you been a volunteer there? I retired from the telephone company in 1987. Since I live just two doors down from the Senior Center, I went over to volunteer. I was put to work driving one of the vans part-time to take seniors shopping and to medical appointments. I also delivered Meals on Wheels to seniors in the Topaz Ranch Estates. After four years, I quit driving the van and volunteered in other areas.
What are your duties? I help with bingo and You-Pick-It Raffles. I also wrap silverware and help with whatever and wherever I am needed.
How much time do you volunteer? About 15 hours a month.
Why and how did you become a volunteer? I enjoy the time spent helping others. I have made lasting friendships. I have two friends on walkers and I bring them to the Senior Center for lunch and take them home. We play cards and visit.
Favorite aspects of volunteering? You get to talk to people. They have great stories to tell!. Seniors have a lot to tell, you just have to listen.
What would you say to others to encourage others to volunteer? God loves a cheerful giver.