Quiet Hero: Melita Banducci, Morgan Ranch | TheUnion.com

Quiet Hero: Melita Banducci, Morgan Ranch

Age: Let’s just say I’m a senior citizen.

The group I volunteer for: Grass Valley Bloodsource.

What I do for the group: I greet blood donors as they come through the door and give them goodies after they’ve given blood. A lot of times, we’ll just sit and talk.

How I got involved: I was a recording clerk with Nevada County, and when I retired, I read an article in the paper asking for volunteers. I’ve enjoyed meeting new people and seeing old friends here.

How long I’ve been with the group: A little over a year.

What I enjoy about volunteering for this group: Meeting the people, and the nurses are great. I just feel I need to do something to give back to the community.

The event that had the greatest impact on me during my volunteer job: 9/11, definitely. I think we worked 15 hours straight that day. It was hectic. We had people lined up out the door. I think I was here for 14 hours.

Why volunteering is important: It’s important for me to get out and meet people. I’ve had paying jobs since I was 17.

Other volunteer jobs I’ve had: I worked at the Contra Costa County Elections Office once, but that was a long time ago. I feel good about this current volunteer job. I feel like I’m really helping someone.

I’ve lived in Nevada County since: We first bought property up here in 1960, and we started building our home off North Bloomfield Road in 1985.

Why is this job important: It saves hospitals money and it helps others. Volunteering is something that everyone should do at some point in their life.

Why I like living here: I love the mountains. It’s quite different from living in the big city.

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