Naperville is a community built with help from volunteers and their service was celebrated during Volunteer Week.
Thousands of people dedicate their time to serving the Naperville community, and the sprit of volunteerism is passed along through generations.
Timothy Penick who volunteers his sommelier skills to various not for profits around town learned the importance of volunteering from his mother.
“Growing up here it’s just something that’s ingrained in you and you want to give back to the community,” says Penick.
Ken Morris spends his time volunteering at DuPage Children’s Museum educating the younger generation through play.
“Volunteering is a deeply personal involved thing,” says Morris. “I think some of the people like me, and even some of the more senior volunteers, need something to do in connection with the outside world. They might as well volunteer because every place might need the skills you have.”
Ann Zediker volunteers with various projects at All Saints Catholic Academy. Her most recent task was collecting gym shoes to be donated. She also plans the annual Pancreatic Cancer Walk in Naperville. She does it all to pass the spirit of volunteerism.
“Volunteering is an amazing way I can be a role model for our children,” said Zediker. “Volunteering is also a way I can inspire others to do and make a difference in the community.”
Naperville’s passion for community service is what makes the city unique.
“We are so blessed,” said Zediker. “That is why I bring the walk to Naperville because I can go to doctors and businesses and they’re willing to help out.”
If you would like to start volunteering the people we spoke with say you should think about what interests you and see if there is an organization that can use your skills.
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