COLUMBUS, Miss. – The United Way of Lowndes County recognizes Peggy Williams of West Point and Glenn Spitler of Columbus as its Volunteers of the Month for their dedicated volunteer service with Columbus' CONTACT Helpline, a Christian-based suicide hotline and crisis intervention center. CONTACT's Executive Director Lindy Thomason says Williams and Spitler always go beyond the call of duty.
"In addition to calling reassurance clients seven days a week, Ms. Peggy and Mr. Glenn even personally deliver gift boxes to our clients each year for Christmas," Thomason says. "They always have a willing and giving spirit."
Volunteering from home since 2001, Williams also works the crisis phone line on the occasional overnight shift. She participates in the suicide assistance classes and financially supports CONTACT by giving donations throughout the year. Thomason applauds Williams for her service despite her physical limitations.
"The part that I left out is that Ms. Peggy is totally blind," Thomason says. "She is one tough cookie and will not be treated like she is handicapped."
Spitler became a CONTACT volunteer in 2009 through Experience Works, a national, charitable, community-based organization that helps older adults get the training they need to find good jobs in their communities. Thomason says even though Spitler was initially involved with CONTACT for Experience Works, he has become a long-lasting asset to their organization.
"He has become a great volunteer," Thomason says. "He will do whatever we need him to do and more. He even helps with training and small maintenance tasks."
For more information on volunteering with the United Way contact the Community Volunteer Center by calling 662.327.0807 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org