The greater Yankton community is fortunate to have many individuals who demonstrate the true spirit of giving through their dedicated service to others. Individuals who put the needs of others before their own, who are caring, compassionate and who have an internal desire to help others.
Carol Myers, Yankton Area Banquet Director, is a great example. For over 20 years, the Yankton Area Banquet’s mission has been to provide food and fellowship to those in need and has become a weekly staple in the lives of many of Yankton’s residents. After being asked to step into roles as directors of the Banquet, Carol and her husband Bruce, quickly found the process of helping people to be quite beneficial.
For the Myers, volunteering at the Yankton Area Banquet is about a lot more than just providing meals to those in need, it is about providing a place of fellowship that can be enjoyed by anyone and everyone in Yankton. “The effects of the good deeds done at the Banquet often ripple out in the farthest corners of the community.”
Carol Myers was recently recognized for her dedication and passion to meet hunger needs in our community through United Way & Volunteer Services of Greater Yankton’s Volunteer of the Month Award. Myers was presented with the award during a surprise ceremony surrounded by coworkers at Vishay Dale Electronics, United Way of Greater Yankton staff, celebratory balloon bouquets, and her daughter Rachel.
We asked Carol to share more about her volunteer efforts throughout the community:
I have lived in Yankton most of my life. I grew up and went to school in Viborg, moved to Yankton after that and have lived here ever since.
Volunteer work has been a part of my life in some capacity for many years, but I got actively involved in volunteering around 5 years ago.
Continuing to volunteer is easy because there are so many blessing that come from volunteering, meeting new people and also helping the many organizations that are such a benefit to the community
Most my volunteer work is with the Yankton Area Banquet, my husband and I are the Directors for the Thursday night banquet, Yankton Share Program (help with the food distribution), I also help at my Church. I volunteer around 300 hours per year.
Volunteer work is enjoyable because I have met and worked with some amazing people. Volunteer work gives me the opportunity to connect with people that I might not have met otherwise. It also allows me to give something back. I find each volunteer experience rewarding in its own way.
The best advice I could give to someone thinking about volunteering is when you give, you get just as much back and you are helping your community in the process.
For more information on local volunteer opportunities or to nominate a Volunteer of the Month, visit www.yanktonunitedway.org/volunteer or call United Way of Greater Yankton at (605) 665-6766.