QUIET HEROES: Jaime Recarens, 66, Nevada City | TheUnion.com

QUIET HEROES: Jaime Recarens, 66, Nevada City

The group I volunteer for: The Grass Valley Senior Center.

What I do for the group: Now I drive for Meals On Wheels. I’ve also been a chef in the kitchen.

How I got involved: A friend told me about the Senior Center, and I went there as a cook until I retired.

Why I think this group’s work is important: I think some of these people really need the help. It’s always nice to come and help them, and it’s nice when they know somebody cares.

The best thing that ever happened to me on this volunteer job was when: Just seeing the people who really appreciate my service.

The rewards I get from this volunteer job are: It makes me feel good to give something of myself, to help people in need.

Other volunteer jobs I’ve done: This is my first volunteer job.

I’ve lived in Nevada County since: 1990.

I like living here because: It’s so much more peaceful. It’s relaxing, looking at the trees. It’s not a rat race like it is in the Bay area, where I used to live.

The most important job that faces us as a community is: I think we need more jobs. It’s a beautiful place to live, but we need more places for people to work.

I think volunteerism is important because: In my job, there are people who know they can help older people any way they can.

“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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