QUIET HEROES: Margaret Castle of Grass Valley | TheUnion.com

QUIET HEROES: Margaret Castle of Grass Valley

The group I volunteer for: Grass Valley Museum

What I do for the group: I’m a docent for the museum. I’m one of about a half-dozen who give tours, clean the museum and change displays periodically.

How I got involved: I’m a duplicate bridge player and was playing against a friend of mine who was a docent here and she said they were desperate for help. That was eight years ago, and I’m still here.

Why I think this group’s work is important: The connection with history is extremely important and helps to increase my knowledge of the area.

The rewards I get from this volunteer job are: I love to take the children on the tours and show them things like the old schoolhouse and show people how it used to be.

Other volunteer jobs I’ve done: I’m on the board of the Volunteer Action Center, and I help with the Neighbor-to-Neighbor volunteer assistance program. I’m a substitute interviewer at Interfaith Food Ministry and I’m a volunteer for the Emergency Assistance Coalition.

I’ve lived in Nevada County since: 1989

I like living here because: I love the change of seasons. I love the people up here. They’re warm, friendly and they’re active. They do things!

The most important job that faces us as a community is: I think we all love the small-town feeling of this place. I’m concerned that it might be over developed and we would lose that feeling.

I think volunteerism is important because: By helping other people, it makes you feel good about yourself. This is a caring community, and it’s rewarding to help other people. It keeps you young.

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