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Helping Hands

She gives something back by volunteering

She gives something back by volunteering

April 26, 2007|by ASHLEY HARTMAN

Name: Donna Rasmussen

Age: 72

Residence: Summerland Manor, which is a couple of blocks off Eastern Boulevard.

Where do you volunteer and what do you do there?: "I volunteer at the Commission of Aging, Meals on Wheels and I'm a hospital volunteer - I work out at Robinwood in the chemotherapy department."

What prompted you to begin volunteering?: "Well, I was a nurse for 46 years, a registered nurse. I retired in 2001 and decided I just really missed being with people, so I started with Meals on Wheels."

What is your biggest reward as a volunteer?: "Just being able to be with people, to meet new people and to be out in part of the community."

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What impact has volunteering had on your life?: "Just makes me feel like I'm giving back something and that I'm hopefully making life a little better for the people that I meet."

What keeps you busy when you're not volunteering?: "I like to read a lot, I like to travel when I can, I have 10 grandchildren." She said grandchildren are very important.

Want to volunteer with Meals on Wheels? Call the Washington County Commission on Aging at 301-790-0275 and ask to speak to Sandy Gaylor, who directs the Meals on Wheels program.

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