Quiet Hero: Judy Wilson, 63, Grass Valley | TheUnion.com

Quiet Hero: Judy Wilson, 63, Grass Valley

The group I volunteer for: Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

What I do for the group: I work in the hospital’s main lobby as a greeter and receptionist. I also escort patients and work in the hospital’s outpatient lobby.

How I got involved: My mother has been a longtime member of the auxiliary at Woodland Memorial Hospital, and when I retired, I decided I’d give this a try. I’ve been doing this for three years. The volunteers in the auxiliary and the junior auxiliary put in an average of 1,700 hours at the hospital each month.

Why I enjoy doing this: I like meeting people, and in this job, I have a sense that I’m helping others. It’s a positive place for me. When I decided to join the auxiliary, I told them I’d work anywhere as long as I didn’t have to see blood.

One of the most interesting things that happened to me while volunteering: Sometimes, people will unload on you, and they just need someone to listen. I don’t mind it, but I get emotional, too. Sometimes I feel really bad for them. It can be difficult because I’m generally a very outgoing person.

Why volunteering is important: It makes the individual feel good about themselves. I feel I can be a great resource for people.

How long I’ve lived in Nevada County: I was born in Nevada City and lived here for 10 years before moving away. I’ve been back the last three years.

Why I like living here: That’s easy. The mountains and the trees.

What’s the biggest problem facing our community: Over here at the hospital, the traffic congestion and the parking. There are so many times that patients can’t find parking when they come here. It’s a major problem.

“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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