QUIET HEROES: Ella May Trotter, 88, of Penn Valley | TheUnion.com

QUIET HEROES: Ella May Trotter, 88, of Penn Valley

The group I volunteer for: Penn Valley Fire Department Auxiliary

What I do for the group: I help run the thrift store. I sort merchandise, run the cash register. Anything that needs to be done, we do it.

How I got involved: A few years ago, I decided to do this quite frankly out of the lack of anything to do.

Why I think this group’s work is important: We are the mainstay of the Fire Department. Everything we do is for them. In the last three years, we’ve raised $450,000 and we’ve worked very hard for it.

The rewards I get from this volunteer job are: Friendship and association with others, more than anything else. We see repeat customers from all over -from as far away as Oregon and Nevada.

Other volunteer jobs I’ve done: This is the first.

I’ve lived in Nevada County since: 1976

I like living here because: Everyone helps everyone else out in this community. It’s a neighborhood situation, and that’s what life should be all about.

The most important job that faces us as a community is: There’s a lack of activities for senior citizens to do. They should have more things like matinees, exercise classes and more things like that.

I think volunteerism is important because: Because you’re giving something back to the neighborhood. If you’re living someplace, you should have the opportunity to contribute.

“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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