QUIET HEROES: Jean Wilson, Nevada City, age 72 | TheUnion.com

QUIET HEROES: Jean Wilson, Nevada City, age 72

The group I volunteer for: Nevada City Chamber of Commerce.

What I do for the group: Meet the public, clerical work, work on projects such as the fair booth. I do a little bit of everything.

How I got involved: After my husband died, I said I really need to get out of the house, and a friend told me about volunteering here, and it really got me going.

Why I think this group’s work is important: When tourists come to a town, they need to feel welcome, and they need information as to what we have to offer.

The best thing that ever happened to me on this volunteer job was when: I really can’t think of one specific thing. The whole experience is wonderful.

The rewards I get from this volunteer job are: One of the nicest parts of my job is meeting people from all over the country and all over the world. They just want to see what the Gold Rush area is all about.

Other volunteer jobs I’ve done: I’m a volunteer at the South Yuba River State Park, as well as a member of the 49er Fire Protection District Auxiliary.

I’ve lived in Nevada County since: Full time since 1983, part time since 1952.

I like living here because: The beauty of the area and the people who live here.

The most important job that faces us as a community is: Retaining our small-town atmosphere as we grow by leaps and bounds.

“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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