QUIET HEROES: Jim Fitch, 78, Nevada City | TheUnion.com

QUIET HEROES: Jim Fitch, 78, Nevada City

The group I volunteer for: The Lutz Center

What I do for the group: I used to be in special education and I worked with the handicapped, so I’m just refreshing years past.

How I got involved: I had worked with young adults and that’s why I picked the Lutz Center.

Why I think this group’s work is important: It helps keeping these people from despair. It gives them opportunities to meet others and build self worth. I’m very impressed; it keeps them alive mentally.

The best thing that ever happened to me on this volunteer job was: Making new friends. There’s a lot of intelligence in these minds.

The rewards I get from this volunteer job are: I feel it stimulates my mind. It brings back memories of my past occupational experiences. I feel it’s more for me than them. I get so much from the community, it gives me an opportunity to give back.

Other volunteer jobs I’ve done: I’m with the Nevada County Beekeepers Association. I occasionally help someone with a swarm. I give demonstrations at schools on how to behave around bees.

I’ve lived in Nevada County: For 17 years.

I like living here because: The people are very considerate. The people in the stores are very nice and the prices are reasonable.

The most important job that faces us as a community is: Surviving these budget cuts to continue the high standard we have.

I think volunteerism is important because: It gives an individual with experience in a field to share it. They’re doing as much for me here as I am for them, keeping my mind stimulated.

“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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