Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Volunteer Spotlight

November 17, 1991

Name: Opal G. Brower

Age: 84

Activities/hobbies: Brower volunteers at three county schools in the media centers of Bates Middle School, Glen Burnie Park Elementaryand Crofton Woods Elementary. This is her 13th year volunteering.

Organization's comments: "I don't have a lot of volunteers here, so I was real happy to get her," said Mona Mandley, media specialist at Glen Burnie Park. "The children know her. They look forward to her coming each week." Brower is a volunteer through the county Department of Aging's Retired Senior volunteer Program.

Volunteer's comments:"I love it," said Brower of her job preparing books to be reshelved in the libraries. "I love being with the teachers and students. And Ifeel I'm helping with the children's education by helping get the materials ready so they can use them."

Additional comments: :Opal had polio as a young child and has gotten around on crutches since the age of 3. Five years ago, it became necessary for her to use a wheelchair, which she says makes it harder for her to get around because she no longer drives. Despite these obstacles, she continues to volunteer at the schools and stays active. Opal is a widow. She has one daughter and four grandchildren.

To make a nomination or get a nomination form, call Jill L. Zarend at 761-1732 or 1-800-829-8000, Ext. 6211, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please fax nominations to 332-6677 or mail them to: The Anne Arundel County Sun, Volunteer of the Week, 8028 Ritchie Highway, Suite 206, Pasadena, Md. 21122.

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