Volunteering a way Hancock woman keeps busy

June 28, 2007|By MARLO BARNHART

Name: Mary "Tillie" Exline

Age: 80

Resides in: Hancock

Where do you volunteer and what do you do there?: "I am on the payroll for 20 hours a week at the Interfaith Service Coalition, 116 High St., Hancock, but I volunteer more hours when they need me."

Tillie recently worked in the parking lot until 10 p.m. helping to go through donated items, according to Director Debbie Cohill.

Tillie prices items, waits on customers and sorts items that are taken to the thrift shop.

What prompted you to begin volunteering?: "I figure if I don't keep busy, I will become a couch potato. I have always been busy."


Tillie was married for almost 50 years to the late James Exline and raised four children. She has seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

What is your biggest reward as a volunteer?: "I know a lot of people in Hancock but here, I have met a lot of new folks. People often bring me goodies from their gardens, too."

What impact has volunteering had on your life?: "It gives me something worthwhile to do."

What keeps you busy when you're not volunteering?: "I help out my daughter at her business, The Triangle Restaurant in Hancock. I'm often there until midnight."

Want to volunteer with the Interfaith Service Coalition? Call Debbie Cohill at 301-678-6605.

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