Quiet Hero – Ethel Poenisch | TheUnion.com

Quiet Hero – Ethel Poenisch

Age: I’m 72, but I don’t act it.

The group I volunteer for: The RSVP’s Help Line Information and Assistance.

What I do for the group: I answer the phone and assist people who call in and make appointments for lawyers, income tax, lots of things. We have a database full of information for referrals.

How I got involved: I knew about it from The Union and came into see them.

Why I think this group’s work is important: It helps the people in the community to find different agencies that can help them, especially newcomers and older people who need help.

The best thing that ever happened to me on this volunteer job was: People saying, “Thank you, you helped me so much,” That is my reward.

The rewards I get from this volunteer job are: I’m giving back to the community. Volunteers do an awful lot for the community.

Other volunteer jobs I’ve done: I’ve worked for Foothill Theatre, Music in the Mountains, the Senior Center and I’m a friendly visitor for RSVP.

I’ve lived in Nevada County: Since 1988.

I think volunteerism is important because: For me, it lets me be involved in the community. I get a lot of satisfaction helping people because some day I may be in the same boat.


To suggest a western Nevada County volunteer for this feature, contact Dave Moller at davem@theunion.com or 477-4237.

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