Quiet Hero – Trish Gerving | TheUnion.com

Quiet Hero – Trish Gerving

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The groups I volunteer for: Nevada City Schools Foundation, Nevada City School Boards Association, 7-Hills PSTC, and Nevada City Elementary PTC.

What I do for the group: I chair the Nevada City Schools Foundation. The main fund-raiser for this group is Moms on the Mountains, which is Oct. 9. Through this event we have supported the schools in our district by distributing more than $130,000 through grants. As a school board trustee for the Nevada City School District, I see firsthand what our contributions do for our schools and our students.

How I got involved: I have two children; Katelyn is in eighth grade at 7-Hills and Jack is in second grade at NCE. I got involved for them. They are our future.

Why I think this group’s work is important: The Nevada City Schools Foundation works totally for the benefit of our students. Last year alone, Moms on the Mountains contributed $30,000 to several programs in danger due to state budget cuts in our district.

The best thing that ever happened to me on this volunteer job was: Actually every time I go to Moms on the Mountains it is a new experience. The people you meet, the friends you see, the great times enjoyed. These are the best of times!

The rewards I get from this volunteer job are: When I walk into one of our school sites I see the rewards. The computer, the art projects, the books that are read, all of the things which are purchased through grants from the NCSF. When I see these things used and enjoyed by students and teachers, I have to smile and know that what I am doing is the right thing.

I’ve lived in Nevada County since: Transplanted here in 1998, although I feel like I have lived here forever!

I like living here because: I love the community. The location, the people, the schools. Everyone supports what is truly important.

The most important job that faces us as a community is: To provide the best possible environment for our children and their future. They are the future caretakers of our community and need a well-rounded education. Moms on the Mountains helps to provide this.

I think volunteerism is important because: Without volunteers we would be at the mercy of those not directly involved in our community. We have the opportunity as volunteers to make change and support what is already in place.


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

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