Quiet Hero – Marjorie Quist
The group I volunteer for: Child Advocates of Nevada County.
What I do for the group: Bring my total support to the board to help achieve its goals of helping the children of the communities of Nevada County. My recent election of president of the board of directors will provide me with a greater opportunity to keep the citizens of Nevada County informed and involved with this worthwhile nonprofit organization.
How I got involved: My leadership and communication skills obtained as a member of Toastmasters International were brought to the attention of the board.
Why I think this group’s work is important: Children’s voices and needs need to be met. Our goal is to have every child in Nevada County grow up free of abuse and neglect.
The best thing that ever happened to me on this volunteer job was: Seeing the level of support we generate in our community when we have our fund-raising events each year.
The rewards I get from this volunteer job are: A true feeling of purpose in giving something back to my community.
Other volunteer jobs I’ve done: As my children were growing up, I was a Cub Scout den mother, Girl Scout Brownie leader, was involved with the Parent Teacher Association and was a Sunday School teacher. Later, I volunteered for the Placer Rape Crisis Line. I taught the Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program in several of our local schools; was a facilitator/speaker for foster children who were at the age to become emancipated, which was sponsored by the Elk Grove School; and was a facilitator/speaker at Nevada Union High School for a class on the importance of mentoring. I was past district governor for the nonprofit communication and leadership organization Toastmasters International, a district which encompasses Northern California and western Nevada, and which consists of 3,000 members and 150 clubs.
I’ve lived in Nevada County: 38 years.
I like living here because: I appreciate the people, the culture, the constantly changing and very alive community members who care, add texture and leadership with new ideas, thus enriching all our lives. Plus, the weather is fabulous – all four seasons with mild winters. What more could one ask for?
The most important job that faces us a community is: Caring for our children, as our motto says: “Today’s Children – Tomorrow’s Hope.”
I think volunteerism is important because: Everyone needs to be a part of making their community a safe, secure, healthy environment for our children. How our children are treated says a great deal about our priorities in our community.
To suggest a western Nevada County volunteer for this feature, contact Dave Moller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 477-4237.
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