QUIET HEROES: Bob Medlock, 77, Grass Valley | TheUnion.com

QUIET HEROES: Bob Medlock, 77, Grass Valley

The group I volunteer for: Interfaith Food Ministry, First Baptist Church.

What I do for the group: I prepare food boxes, keeping the warehouse stocked, I fill bags with food.

How I got involved: Our church, First Baptist Church, contributes to Interfaith, and I was asked to volunteer there.

Why I think this group’s work is important: There are a lot of very needy people out of work, and they need all the help they can get.

My family: my wife, four daughters, two sons, 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The rewards I get from this volunteer job are: I’ve worked all my life, and this is a chance to stay active. It gives me an opportunity to help. I worked for the timber industry for many years, in the town of Washington and in mills in North Bloomfield.

Other volunteer jobs I’ve done: I’ve been active in my church for over half a century.

I’ve lived in Nevada County since: 1946. I visited Grass Valley from Arkansas and haven’t been back since.

I like living here because: I like the climate. Where I come from, it’s hot and sultry and doesn’t cool off at night.

The most important job that faces us as a community is: Taking care of our young people, and giving them more education and recreational opportunities and good music programs.

I think volunteerism is important because: Because we don’t have the money to pay people for every single job. In my volunteer job, if they paid workers to do what I do, it would be impossible.

“Quiet Heroes” appears each Thursday. If you know of a volunteer who is a quiet hero, call The Union newsroom at 273-9561.

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