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Volunteer David Belliotti wanted to help area children

January 27, 2012|By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com
  • David Belliotti is a volunteer and board member for Parent-Child Center. He is shown in the organization's blanket room, which is used to store blankets and bed linens before being donated to needy families.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

Nonprofits often survive thanks to the efforts of their volunteers.

Whether it's a few hours, a few days or a lasting commitment, they donate their time and energy to help make their communities into better places.

At the Parent-Child Center of Washington County, it's individuals like David Belliotti who make a difference, said Executive Director Millie Lowman.

One day, you might find him using his computer skills to improve office efficiency. The next, he's attending meetings or lending a hand at fundraisers.

To Belliotti, it's not about a pat on the back. He volunteers, he said, because he believes in the work of the Parent-Child Center.

"The center provides invaluable assistance to parents and children in need," the Hagerstown resident said. "It is rewarding to know that I have helped to keep the Parent-Child Center in operation for a significant part of its 25-year history. The most rewarding part is knowing that single mothers have a place they can come to help them learn to help themselves."

Belliotti began volunteering with the Parent-Child Center in the mid- to late 1990s, he said. He took a few years off due to his work schedule and returned in 2008.

He became involved with the organization, he said, because, "I wanted to do some volunteer work that involved children. My wife knew Millie Lowman and she hooked me up with the PCC."

Early in his tenure, Belliotti said he served as treasurer on the center's board of directors. He currently serves as its vice president.

"I am involved in making decisions that affect the operations of the center, including fundraisers and programs provided by the center," he explained. "I also help at fundraising efforts such as basket bingo."

Belliotti estimates he spends about eight hours each month volunteering in some capacity — including in the office. He uses his experience as lead business analyst with JLG Industries Inc. in Hagerstown.

"My computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office products enable me to provide assistance to the office staff creating reports and databases they can use to better manage the center," he said.

Over the years, Belliotti said he has volunteered throughout the community. When his children were at Fountaindale Elementary School, he served as president of the Parent-Teacher Association.

"I also have been a Big Brother in the Big Brother Big Sister (of Washington County) program," he said.

Lowman calls Belliotti "a wonderful volunteer and board member."

"Without people like David who care about children, the Parent-Child Center would not be able to hold all the fundraisers which are necessary to have in order to keep our doors open," she added. "David gives freely of his time and computer skills. He brings along friends to fundraising events and puts them to work. He purchases tickets to the events, then he works the events."

Lowman said Belliotti gives freely of his time and never asks for praise and recognition.

"He genuinely wants to give to the community," she said.

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