Volunteer finds satisfaction in being a mentor

February 22, 2007|by ASHLEY HARTMAN

Name: Gary Naugle

Age: 64

Resides: Naugle has lived on Englewood Road in Halfway for 28 years.

Where do you volunteer and what do you do there? He volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County.

"The only thing I am involved with there is school-based mentoring. I meet with a fourth-grader. I go to school (Bester Elementary School) and I go to his class. I accompany him to the lunch room. Then we go to the gymnasium and shoot baskets and I try to help him with his homework - throw some spelling at him and some math problems at him."

What prompted you to begin volunteering? "I started 30 years ago. I just enjoy doing it and I get a sense of accomplishment ... that money can't buy. I get more out of it personally than what I probably contribute to any of the organizations that I'm involved in."


What is your biggest reward as a volunteer? "Self-satisfaction - knowing that you are accomplishing something worthwhile."

What impact has volunteering had on your life? "A tremendous impact. It's really what I live for (and) the most important aspect of my life."

What keeps you busy when you are not volunteering? "I try exercising an hour every day. In the summertime, I like to go down to the canal and ride my bike. I'm involved in my church, walk around the neighborhood a bit, I read a good bit, and currently I'm taking an online course in algebra."

Want to volunteer?

To contact Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County, call Tracey Mumma at 301-739-4711 or visit

The Web site contains a form that can be filled out by anyone wishing to volunteer with the company by becoming a child's mentor.

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