The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


July 5, 2011

Helping hands

BECKLEY — On Aug. 10, Beckleyan Anna Gray will receive the Governor’s Service Award from acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin for dedicating the last 23 years of her life to volunteering and service.

She says she was flabbergasted when told she had won. Volunteering is just something she has always done. She says she always figured it was a selfish thing because “you feel better after you have made someone else feel better.”

We salute Anna Gray on her award. And we also congratulate everyone who volunteers but may not always receive recognition for their good works.

We wish more people would be like Anna and that multitude of others who help make Beckley, Raleigh County and southern West Virginia a kinder, better place.

You don’t have to volunteer at as many places as Anna does — she’s active at Raleigh General Hospital, the Cynthia Bickey Art Gallery and Beckley Art Group, Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia, the West Virginia Humanities Council, West Virginia Public Broadcasting and the Beckley Concert Association, First Baptist Church and Senior Friends.

There are so many ways people can give of themselves. So many organizations that need the helping hands of volunteers. Surely we all could find one that suits our personalities and capabilities.

You can take that first step by calling organizations such as the United Way of Southern West Virginia (304-253-2111), which serves 30 agencies in five counties that always need good volunteers.

With the Boy Scouts coming to Fayette County, there will be plenty of volunteer work that can be done.

There are many opportunities. The Salvation Army, Mac’s Toy Fund, volunteer fire departments, youth sports organizations, schools, civic organizations and others that can use your help.

They are just waiting for you to call.

Do it — and maybe you will be the next Anna Gray!

Text Only
  • New thinking

    Best way to address past financial failings is to look for alternatives

    April 17, 2014

  • Continuing the fight

    Solutions for drug war may need to be as tough as the problem

    April 16, 2014

  • Take me home

    You can go home again.

    April 15, 2014

  • Team work

    There is no doubt that last week’s announcement by the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority of plans for a 500-acre Mega-Site development is one of the most visionary ideas we have seen in southern West Virginia.

    April 13, 2014

  • Thumbs — Saturday, April 12, 2014

    April 12, 2014

  • Concord

    Impressive achievements in higher education reflected in quality of finalists for president

    April 10, 2014

  • Service

    In West Virginia, we often measure our “wealth” by all the things we can generally do without.

    April 9, 2014

  • Nutrition

    How much can we trust government to advise us on food?

    April 8, 2014

  • War on miners

    The federal government in the form of the Department of Health and Human Services has decided to cut funding for coal miners suffering from black lung disease by 35 percent.

    April 6, 2014

  • Thumbs — Saturday, April 5, 2014

    April 5, 2014