Quiet Hero, Salley Farrell, Grass Valley
The group I volunteer for: AnimalSave Thrift Store.
What I do for the group: I work in the thrift store behind the counter, waiting on customers and referring them to the appropriate person for adoptions. I also tidy the shop a bit.
How I got involved: I was new to Grass Valley and I was looking for a volunteer position, and I love animals, so AnimalSave immediately came to mind.
Why I think this group’s work is important: The plight of animals today is a very difficult one. There’s too many dogs and cats looking for too few homes. AnimalSave encourages spaying and neutering, and we take animals for adoption that are going to be euthanized. We’re working very hard to build a no-kill shelter.
The best thing that ever happened to me on this volunteer job was: When someone adopts a cat that’s here in the store, I love it.
The rewards I get from this volunteer job are: I feel like I’m helping the homeless animal population by working here at the store and raising money to help build the no-kill shelter.
Other volunteer jobs I’ve done: In San Jose, I worked in a thrift store for disadvantaged children.
I’ve lived in Nevada County: 18 months.
The most important job that faces us as a community is: Maintaining a sense of community since a lot of people are moving in from the outside. It makes it difficult to keep it a central community.
I think volunteerism is important because: It gives me a personal sense of giving back to the community, and I think my time gives back to a very, very worthwhile cause, and its something the Nevada County community needs. It’s important to teach the population about the spay-neuter program.
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