Quiet Hero, Don Jacobson, Rough and Ready
The group I volunteer for: KVMR.
What I do for the group: For the last 19 years, I’ve been a broadcaster. I served four years on the programming committee and two years on the board as vice president and president.
How I got involved: I gave away my TV in 1964, and I’ve been listening to radio ever since. In the late ’70s, I began listening exclusively to noncommercial radio. I was listening up here to KVMR, and a few years later, I volunteered.
Why I think this group’s work is important: Because it provides an alternative to mainstream media in information, news and music. I think that is essential.
The best thing that ever happened to me on this volunteer job was: It’s the calls that I get from people who really appreciate the kind of music I bring to them. It’s a very heartfelt response. They can’t get it anywhere else on the dial. I buy my own folk music, and I used to do an international music program.
The rewards I get from this volunteer job are: It’s made me feel like I’m providing a service to the community and it’s something I firmly believe in.
Other volunteer jobs I’ve done: I’ve worked with the Forest Issues Group – a citizens’ advocacy group – advocating an ecologically sustainable and healthy Tahoe National Forest.
I’ve lived in Nevada County: 26 years.
I like living here because: I love the Sierra. I used to come up here and hike and camp a lot before I moved up here. Once I moved here, I grew to love the people and the community.
The most important job that faces us as a community is: To maintain the rural quality of Nevada County. People move up here because they didn’t like the development in San Jose or Roseville. We have to be very careful we don’t bring the reasons we came up here with us and make this a less civilized community.
I think volunteerism is important because: Because there are institutions that are available in this marketplace that can never pay themselves but are essential. People need to volunteer to keep them alive.
“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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