Volunteer has aided Deafnet for 20 years

November 29, 2007|By MARLO BARNHART

Name: Charles H. Koontz

Age: 84

Resides in: Hagerstown

Where do you volunteer and what do you do there?: He has volunteered for Deafnet for 20 years. "I do whatever needs to be done," Koontz said.

What prompted you to begin volunteering?: "My brother is hearing impaired so I began volunteering when Deafnet was in the Professional Arts Building.

"We had a TDD machine and two phones operating 24 hours a day to help the deaf communicate - I did a lot of that in those days."


What is your biggest reward as a volunteer?: "I enjoy the people mostly. I do sign a little and I help coordinate the interpreters."

What impact has volunteering had on your life?: "It gets me out and about. I come on Wednesdays and whenever else they need me."

What keeps you busy when you're not volunteering?: "I take care of my wife and I am very active in my church, Christ Lutheran. I've had all the offices and have been in the choir for 60 years."

Want to volunteer with Deafnet? Call 301-791-9025 (voice) or 301-791-9020 (TDD).

The office is at 551 Jefferson St. in Hagerstown.

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