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Concerned Women Inc. volunteer honored

NONPROFIT RECOGNIZES VOLUNTEER

Posted: May 2, 2015 - 11:13pm
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Maeghan Harrison, standing next to her father Larry Harrison, reacts to being presented with a "Prayer Bear" after being named Outstanding Volunteer by Concerned Women Inc.   Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Maeghan Harrison, standing next to her father Larry Harrison, reacts to being presented with a "Prayer Bear" after being named Outstanding Volunteer by Concerned Women Inc.

In honor of National Volunteer Month, Bea Sanders honored a valuable new volunteer at Concerned Women Inc.

Sanders, the executive director of the nonprofit organization aimed at helping families in need, had a surprise in store for her newest volunteer on Wednesday.

She surprised Maeghan Harrison with some recognition and gifts for her dedication to the organization.

Harrison, 28, was caught off guard by the ceremony in her honor. Sanders and other volunteers presented Harrison with an Outstanding Volunteer certificate, a “prayer bear,” and a Bible with her name embossed on the front, and other gifts.

“We’re so proud of what Maeghan has done for us,” Sanders said to Harrison during the ceremony at the organization location on Newmantown Road in Grovetown. “We just want to show you a little of our gratitude for the work that you have done for Concerned Women. We appreciate you. We love you. You came in and you just made things happen so we could do the other things in Concerned Women that we do. We truly do appreciate it.”

Harrison said she’s volunteered at several events through the Augusta Sports Council and was looking for a more regular opportunity to help. So she called Grovetown City Hall and was referred to Concerned Women.

The organization, started by Sanders and her husband in 2003, provides clothing, household goods, personal care items and food to those in need.

Harrison said she started volunteering in January and fit in right off the bat.

“They are very lovely women and I enjoy volunteering here so much,” Harrison said.

Harrison, who works about 15 hours a week, said she takes care of all things administrative for the group including answering phone calls and checking in people they serve.

She’s been busy in three months creating customized labels for meals delivered to seniors which detail each person’s likes and dietary and medical issues, as well as building numerous forms.

Most importantly, Harrison created a database system to track the organization’s statistics such as the number and demographic information about the people they serve and inventory lists.

“They had a very archaic system of doing it,” Harrison said. “I just brought it more toward the 21st century.”

Sanders commended Harrison on her drive to help the organization, allowing Sanders and other volunteers to better serve.

“She came in running,” Sanders said. “She has done so much for us.”

Harrison said she enjoys the time she spends at Concerned Women Inc. Her time spent there is very rewarding.

“It really, really is.”

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YvonneJones

It is nice that women are

It is nice that women are engage in this kind of activities in the society. They can use their volunteering to increase their self confidence. - Marla Ahlgrimm