Volunteer Spotlight is a feature designed to help you get to know the people who give their time and talents at Open Door Resource Center to support the families of Wyandot County. This week’s spotlight volunteer is on Norma Williams.
For Norma Williams a trip to the Wyandot County Fair became an opportunity to help local families through Open Door Resource Center. Williams, who says she’d had helping at the agency “in the back of her mind for some time” committed to volunteering after speaking to Open Door representatives at a networking event at the Master’s Center in September. “I had heard of what Open Door was doing when Mike (Mckee) came to speak at our church and after seeing people at the fair I thought ‘ok, that was the nudge.’” Since then she has given time preparing food for free community meals every Thursday at the agency’s Upper Sandusky offices.
Williams and her husband Richard live in Upper Sandusky and are the parents of 4 children and grandparents of 1. Norma was formerly employed by the Wyandot County Museum but had to leave this position when her son was diagnosed with autism. Although leaving work was difficult, Williams believes helping to care for her son has enriched her life. “It has taught me patience and given me perspective about what is really important in life.”
One of those things was finding a place to “plug in” and use her energy and talents even if she could no longer work full-time. She believes she has found that at Open Door. “They made me feel welcome from the first day, I didn’t know anyone but now I feel like everyone I work with is a friend.” In addition to her efforts for Open Door, Williams is also active in MOPS (Mothers with Pre-schoolers) group at Trinity Evangelical United Methodist church where she attends.
Norma has found her volunteer efforts to be “rewarding in totally unexpected ways” and would recommend giving time at Open Door to anyone who is looking for a way to give back.