QUIET HEROES: Cathy Stone, 50, Grass Valley | TheUnion.com

QUIET HEROES: Cathy Stone, 50, Grass Valley

The group I volunteer for: Two groups – the Grass Valley Library, where I mend, restock and rebind books twice a week; and the Nevada County Animal Shelter, where I walk dogs, clean kennels and cat cages.

How I got involved: For the library, I simply answered an ad looking for volunteers, and for the animal shelter, I used to live down the street from Cheryl Wicks, volunteer coordinator for the animal shelter.

Why I think these groups’ work is important: Nevada County doesn’t have a whole lot of money to burn, and I just wanted to help out.

The rewards I get from these jobs are: With the animals, hopefully I’m making a difference in their lives. What we’re doing in many ways is making them more adoptable. As far as the books are concerned, I’m just glad they’re getting read. It’s kind of a creative endeavor to fix them.

I’ve lived in Nevada County since: 1989.

I like living here because: I love being up in the mountains. I have this view out my living room window that’s just beautiful.

The most important job that faces us as a community is: I’m not an activist. I don’t want to be a leader of many people, but I’ll certainly follow them. I’ll just let the dogs lead me on my walk.

I think volunteerism is important because: I do it because it’s fun and we’re providing an invaluable resource.

“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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