Marshall resourceful for REACH

December 28, 2006

Name: Jim Marshall

Age: 66

Resides in: Hagerstown

Where do you volunteer and what do you do there?: Jim volunteers at REACH - Religious Effort to Assist and Care for the Homeless - and is currently on the REACH board of directors.

He puts in at least one day a week at the Day Resource Center at 140 W. Franklin St. in Hagers-town. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"Three of us are the Crisis Intervention Team, which might get a call from CASA about an eviction, which happens to a lot of people this time of year," Marshall said.


Marshall also volunteers through the REACH Faith in Action programs by taking people to medical appointments.

"It's all about helping families and doing what you can so seniors can stay in their own homes," Marshall said.

What prompted you to begin volunteering?: After retiring, Marshall was looking for something to do. Mainly, he wanted to volunteer in person, rather than just sending money, he said.

"I heard (REACH executive director) Terri Baker speak and it prompted me to volunteer at REACH," Marshall said. He started there in early 2005.

Your biggest reward as a volunteer?: "It's wonderful to see that people of all beliefs can work together to do good," Marshall said.

What impact has volunteering had on your life?: Volunteering at REACH has demonstrated to Marshall that there but for the grace of God go I, he said.

"It really makes you thankful for what you have," he said.

What keeps you busy when you're not volunteering?: He does yard and garden work at home and is a sports fan. "I'm a member of Sunrise Rotary and previously was a mentor at Big Brothers Big Sisters."

Want to volunteer with REACH?

Anyone wishing to volunteer with REACH may call 301-733-2371 and leave a message in the general mailbox.

The message may include the type of volunteer work you are interested in doing.

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