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Quiet Hero: Erma Ford, Grass Valley

Age: I’m not telling.

The group I volunteer for: Western Nevada County chapter of the American Red Cross.

What I do for the group: Disaster nursing and disaster health services.



How I got involved: I began volunteering when I lived in Tennessee, and I decided to continue when I moved here.

Why I think this group’s work is important: Any volunteer agency is important. Things don’t happen unless you have the volunteers to pull it off.




The best thing that ever happened to me on this volunteer job was when: So many good things have happened – and I think it’s because of the work I’ve done. The most traumatic thing was visiting New York City after 9/11, but I’ve also been to Puerto Rico, Guam and St. Louis. I’ve been to Hurricane Floyd, the Northridge Earthquake and a number of other natural disasters.

The rewards I get from this volunteer job are: It’s certainly not monetary. It’s in the heart, and that’s where it comes from. That we can provide services to those in need … is very rewarding.

Other volunteer jobs I’ve done: I also volunteer for the county Health Department. I was with the Red Cross in Tennessee for 12 years.

I’ve lived in Nevada County since: We lived here in the early ’60s, and we’ve been back for 15 years.

I like living here because: Lots of interesting people live here, and it’s a very giving community.

The most important job that faces us as a community is: Finding low-cost housing for families. I’d like to see more of that.

I think volunteerism is important because: I can’t imagine doing anything else. There are a lot of things that don’t happen without volunteers.

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