QUIET HEROES: Will and Irene Shaw of Lake Wildwood
Ages: Will, 66, Irene, 71
The group they volunteer for: The Shaws are members of the Roamin’ Angels car club, which donates thousands of dollars to benefit youth, including giving scholarships to send graduating high school students to automotive school and buying toys for the Salvation Army’s Christmas gift program.
What they do for the group: The Shaws perform many duties, including helping organize the car club’s “Caring for Kids Toy Drive,” to be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Inter-County Title Co. at the corner of Sutton Way and Brunswick Road. They encourage people to stop by and drop off unwrapped toys, which will be distributed by the Salvation Army.
How they got involved: The couple own a restored, 1962 Chevy Super Sport and joined the Roamin’ Angels in 1993.
Why they think the group’s work is important: “We (fill) a need for the youth of our community who are our future. These kids are going to be here when I’m dead and gone,” Will Shaw said.
The best thing that ever happened to me on this volunteer job was when: “It’s the self-satisfaction I get out of helping not only the Roamin’ Angels – which I think are a great bunch of people – but the Salvation Army,” Will Shaw said.
They’ve lived in Nevada County since: 1991. The Shaws live in a Lake Wildwood home designed by their daughter, who is an architect.
I like living here because: “The people are so nice. The people are great up here. A handshake means something up here. You go to Los Angeles and a handshake doesn’t mean a thing,” Will Shaw said.
The most important job that faces us as a community is: “I guess it’d be to take care of our youth and get them educated,” Will Shaw said.
“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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