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Volunteer returns blessings to others

February 26, 2009

Marian Gale



Age: 58

Resides in: Sharpsburg

Where do you volunteer and what do you do there?: REACH Cold Weather Shelter in Hagerstown, where she works the front desk as clients come in. She checks IDs, learns if they plan to stay overnight and if they need a packed lunch the next day.

What prompted you to begin volunteering?: "I felt so blessed that I wanted to return that blessing to others."

Your biggest reward as a volunteer?: Getting to know the clients, hearing their stories and being a good listener.

What impact has volunteering had on your life?: "It has been monumental in my life. Possessions are no longer important. I would recommend this. There is a need for people who are down on their luck."

What keeps you busy when you're not volunteering?: The former teacher is an antiques dealer, insurance agent and mother of three.

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Want to volunteer with REACH?: Call 301-733-2371 or visit REACH headquarters at 140 W. Franklin St., Suite 300, in Hagerstown.

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