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Volunteers in action DAVID KUBE: Curry County sheriff’s deputy
Longtime commitment By Emily Crowe Clovis Media Inc. For the past 35 years, David Kube has made it his life's work to keep the people of eastern New Mexico safe. His commitment to public service began when joined the Texico Volunteer Fire Department while he was still a high school student. “I had an older brother that was a volunteer firefighter there and they were needing more members,” Kube said. “He asked me if I would be interested, and when I got joined up, I really enjoyed it and I stayed with it.” After graduating from high school, Kube spent 19 years working for the Clovis Fire Department. He now works as a deputy for the Curry County Sheriff's Office. Kube has managed to stay active in firefighting as the Curry County wildland fire coordinator, a position made possible by a state grant. In that capacity, he works closely with local volunteer fire departments to get much-needed equipment, and also acts as a liaison between Curry and Roosevelt counties for fire and EMS services. Even when grant funds were running low, Kube pro-
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David Kube of Texico inventories an ambulance at the Texico Fire Station. Kube has been a member of the volunteer fire department since 1977. vided wildland fire coordination on an unpaid, asneeded basis. “I volunteer my time because I know they really don't have the money,” Kube said of the volunteer fire departments. “I just mainly wanted to stay involved with the fire service part of it.” “Being involved with the volunteer fire service and
EMS service, you can see the change when you're helping somebody,” he said. “When treating injuries, you actually get to see that you're doing something beneficial.” Originally from Farwell, Kube has also been actively involved with the Old Farwell Cemetery Association, a small organization that aims to restore
the historic cemetery. “I have family buried down there so that's why I took an interest in it,” he explained. “I was chosen to spearhead the project and I donate quite a bit of time working on that.” “It gives you an overall satisfaction that you know you're doing something good,” he said.
ELLEN ANAYA: Curry County retiree
Heeding the call to help others BY KEVIN BAIRD Clovis Media Inc. Ellen Anaya pulls a numbered ball out of the bingo machine and reads it into a handheld microphone, “B, 15. B-1-5.” She is standing a stage at the Curren-Baxter Senior Center in Clovis, calling bingo numbers to a room filled with the elderly. She continues reading the digits on the balls as she pulls them out of the bingo machine. Her voice has a lively quality and she stops periodically to take a drink of water, or when somebody yells, “Bingo!” “I do it to help the center because nobody else wants to call.” Anaya said, “If I don’t call nobody plays bingo.” Anaya, 60, a retired hotel maid, said her favorite thing to do is play pool. She also plays bingo Monday through Wednesday at the Friendship Senior Center. Anaya said she has been calling bingo off and on for more than 12 years, and she still has fun doing it. “Sometimes I call too fast and they (the bingo players) tell me to slow
down, and it makes me laugh,” Anaya said. “My friends stare at me too, and that makes me laugh.” She says she will keep calling every Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., “until I’m ready to move on.”
Editor’s note: We asked officials to tell us what volunteers mean to their organization
Proving a successful foundation Volunteers are the foundation of Habitat for Humanity. Every local affiliate begins when conscientious people see the need for decent, affordable housing in their communities and come together as volunteers to organize and establish a Habitat affiliate. Each affiliate depends on Marge Rhode many additional Habitat for volunteers to Humanity get the job done. Volunteers spend hours going through paperwork and making telephone calls, verifying information and financial readiness for owning a home. Volunteers support those partner families with mentoring, education and moral support throughout the construction process, making sure the family completes their sweat equity part of the program. The support of these volunteers continues the relationship long after the family moves into their new home, being there to help them through difficult times, providing information and guidance when needed. Volunteers serve on the Board of Directors, which oversees and determines the overall activity of the organization. The 12 members of our board also participate as volunteers on at least one operating committee to do the actual work of the affiliate — finding suitable land for building, the Habitat ReStore, finding funds for financing the construction program, among others. Habitat’s A Brush with Kindness Volunteer program has assisted a number of homeowners by building ramps when they have become disabled, as well as doing other minor repairs. By donating their labor, volunteers help keep the cost of a Habitat House affordable for the partner families. Seasoned volunteers assist with training and developing new construction crews. Additional volunteers provide lunch for the construction crews as their way of contributing to the success of the build. Volunteers perform the majority of our fundraising and promotional activities at trade shows and county fairs. Without our volunteer base forming the foundation, a Habitat House could not rise in our community.
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Ellen Anaya has been calling bingo for more than 12 years and still enjoys it.
Marge Rhode is the office manager for Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry counties, Inc.
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Volunteers in action Editor’s note: We asked officials to tell us what volunteers mean to their organization
Hard to put a price on volunteers Volunteers are PRICELESS! Non-profits, clubs and community groups could never afford to pay for the efforts of our loyal volunteers. At United Way of Eastern New Mexico we depend on volunteers for every aspect of carrying out our mission. More than 100 volunteers each year provide crucial leadership, decision making, and just plain hard Erinn Burch work to make the lives of United Way of local families better. New Mexico Eastern Whether deciding how donated funds will impact local non-profits or reaching out to donors, guiding the policies and direction of the organization or helping 2-1-1 callers to find resources they need; planning fundraising events, or assisting a young woman find an interview outfit at the Successful You Career Closet … volunteers provide manpower and expertise that allow United Way to change lives of children and families in Curry and Roosevelt counties. Even mundane office tasks are vital to fighting hunger, preventing homelessness, and helping our youth build a strong foundation for success. Every United Way volunteer believes that the way to build a better community is to build a network of services and supports that assist families in attaining education, financial stability, and health. The Independent Sector has rated the value of volunteer labor in New Mexico at $17.62 per hour, by that standard United way of Easter New Mexico received a donation of more than $60,000 in skilled labor. Truly United Way volunteers make our world a better place! Thank you to everyone who gives of themselves and their time! Erinn Burch is the executive director of United Way of Eastern New Mexico.
Photo submitted by Trisha Neuman
Participants line up for the start of Jacob’s Run in May 2012.
Pediatric nurses pay it forward By Emily Crowe Clovis Media Inc. When a little boy with a chronic disease entered the lives of the pediatric staff at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis, he touched their hearts and began a lasting relationship that would affect the entire community. Jacob Thomson of Clovis suffered from cystic fibrosis, which is a disease that causes damage to the lungs and digestive system. Due to his illness, he had to spend time in the hospital twice per year for routine care, often referred to as a “tuneup.” During his tuneups, Jacob grew close with his nurses. “We became very attached to him and actually looked forward to his tuneups,” said Mila Garcia, a pediatric nurse who got to know
Jacob well during his hospital stays. “He was such a sweet boy and his family was so wonderful and supportive of him.” In a tragic and untimely twist of fate, Jacob was killed in a car accident in December 2011. He was 12 years old. Garcia and the other pediatric nurses were devastated by his death, and decided that they needed to do something to honor his memory. After several meetings and discussions, the nurses decided to put together a 5K race to celebrate Jacob’s life. “None of us had a clue how to get it started, so we just had a meeting one night,” Garcia said. “Us nurses and Jacob’s parents showed up and we threw some ideas out, divvied up tasks and
away we went with it.” The nurses made the decision to donate proceeds from the race to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, which had granted Jacob a trip several years prior. In all, the event drew more than 200 participants and raised nearly $5,000 for the foundation. “It shows you what a special boy he was,” Garcia said. “It was a very successful and great event that could not have been done without the entire pediatric staff and the people of Clovis.” While Garcia and her fellow nurses have family and life commitments that will prevent them from putting together this year’s followup event, Jacob’s father Mike is taking their vision and planning a second 5K for this October to honor his son’s memory.
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VOLUNTEERS HONOR ROLL Volunteers who were nominated for volunteer of the year and what the people had to say about them: z DR. JAMES MOSS, Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico Dr. James Moss is a key figure in the food bank’s history. During his tenure as Clovis mayor he was influential in securing a building for the food bank. That small building has grown into a fully functioning administrative office and warehouse facility today. Dr. Moss’ financial assistance has allowed us to expand and sustain the programs we operate at the food bank. In recent years we’ve added a new refrigerated truck to our fleet and additional freezer and refrigerator space. Continuing his commitment to the food bank, Dr. Moss volunteers two mornings a week, offering his help in the warehouse by sorting through food. He also supports the food bank by attending all our events. He truly embodies the spirit of volunteerism. With his time and resources he’s fully supported the food bank, now in its 30th year. We would like to honor his compassion for this organization and the hungry people of eastern New Mexico. — Submitted by Dianna Hernandez, marketing specialist of Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico z JOE WHITEHURST, president of the Clovis Evening Lions Club Joe Whitehurst has been the president of the Clovis Evening Lions Club for the past two years. He led the club through all the fundraisers that make it possible to buy glasses and other needs for the school children whose family need some assistance. We also donate dictionaries to all the third-grade classes in Curry and De Baca counties, about 800 in all. Joe is also on call from Walmart to pick up their returned and damaged bicycles so the club can refurbish them and donate them to area children. We have sponsored two zoo days, where we pay a reduced entrance fee for children under 12, and give 10 lucky children a free bicycle. Each elementary school in Curry and De Baca received two bicycles to be given as an incentive to further their reading program. Ten bicycles were awarded to lucky youngsters at the Splash Pad at the park. Ten bicycles were given to Secret Santa Mix 107 for Christmas. Also, cash donations were made to several organizations: Light House Mission, Beacon of Light, Salvation Army, Matt 25, Pregnancy Advocates, Food Bank and $3,000 to the Clovis Apartment fire. We also give two nursing scholarships per semester at Clovis Community College and to many more worthwhile needs in the community. Without Joe Whitehurst’s
leadership, the club could not have reached nearly as many needs in the community. —Submitted by Gene Terry, membership chairman. z WELDON KUBE, volunteer EMT-fireman for the city of Farwell. Weldon Kube unselfishly gives his time to be on this volunteer department. No matter what time of the day or what he is doing, he drops everything and goes to help someone who is in need. Weldon never complains about doing this job; in fact, I have seen him leave in the middle of church services, leaving his young family and literally run to answer the call. He gives 100 percent to his patients who need medical help. —Submitted by Stephanie Brooks z ANDY COX, Clovis American Little League Andy has volunteered 22 years as a Little League coach. Not only does he devote his time to coaching the Major Braves team, he has served as a board member of the league for the past 10 years. He does all this starting in January with his officer duties, finishing in July, as he often volunteers as the coach of the Clovis American All-Star team. At the same time, Andy owns and operates a business in Clovis. He has surely changed the lives of many children, as many of them go on to play baseball in high school and still call him “Coach” when they see him around town. They show him the same respect they did when they were 11 and 12 years old and many come to him for advice on how to improve their baseball talents. —Submitted by Sara Cox z SUSAN CONRAD is a volunteer for Vista Care Hospice and has made a difference in our patients’ lives. Susan is a very loving and caring person that gives her time and love to others. I can’t say enough about this very sweet lady. —Submitted by Sharon Null, manager of volunteer services z ROSALIE PATRICK, Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary (Pink Lady). Rosalie also makes time to come to Heartland Continuing Care Center to play 42 several afternoons a month. 42 is a more complex domino game that a particular group of residents enjoy, and without Rosalie coming in to play, these residents would not be able to do so, as a certain number of people are needed to make a full table of players. This allows residents to play a game with more challenge than regular dominoes. —Submitted by Nancy Legleiter, Heartland Continuing Care Center
z GARY STEWART, volunteer at Heartland Continuing Care Center. Gary comes to the center weekly, where he plays regular dominoes, helps obtain music groups for the monthly birthday parties, and remembers each resident and staff with a birthday card. Gary’s special gift is that he has patience with all residents, no matter their function or cognitive ability. —Submitted by Nancy Legleiter, Heartland Continuing Care Center z MARK DILLARD calls bingo three days a week for the residents of Heartland Continuing Care Center. Mark has volunteered this service for nearly 28 years. He is so dedicated to this service that he is the one volunteer that you can be sure will notify you in advance of his inability to fulfill his commitment. Mark is willing to have all abilities and levels of bingo players play and makes effort to make each resident feel like a winner. —Submitted by Nancy Legleiter, Heartland Continuing Care Center z KAY BERRY has been volunteering at the AARP tax preparations for 20 years and she is also a Pink Lady at the Regional Plains Medical Center. In addition, she volunteers helping out at the Senior Citizen Center meal site. — Submitted by Heidi West z BETTY WILLIAMSON has volunteered for various organizations such as Kiwanis Club of Portales. She volunteers for the Methodist Church every year for the Thanksgiving dinner and other various events. In addition, she volunteers at the Dora Elementary School with the reading program and also supports the Business and Professional Club for the students at Dora High School. She also volunteers for the Jack Williamson lectureship series held every year and is a great supporter of “Friends of the Library.” She is just a great supporter for the community of Portales and surrounding areas. —Submitted by Barbara George z LEROY and GAYNELLE THOMAS are consummate volunteers. I can’t think of a single event I ever go to where I don’t see at least one of them — Rotary, Altrusa, Women’s Club, New Mexico Christian Children’s Home, their church, the Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Eastern New Mexico University, Portales
High School ... they are involved in many organizations and all aspects of this community. They are the quiet givers, the ones who step up again and again. — Submitted by Betty Williamson z ANDY MASON, musician, has taken on the cause of The Smile Train, a nonprofit that does corrective surgery on children with cleft palates. He has dedicated the royalties from a song he wrote for them as well as donations from shows all over the place to this organization. He’s helped a number of children he’ll never know have a better life. — Submitted by Betty Williamson z GREG SENN is an art instructor at Eastern New Mexico. He has been one of the long-running volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, too. He works regularly and quietly doing anything that needs to be done. He’s just one of those allaround good guys. — Submitted by Betty Williamson z JOYCE DAVIS is the longtime director of Habitat for Humanity for Roosevelt/Curry counties. This is a purely volunteer position that Joyce has poured her heart and soul into for years. She sees Habitat as a mission, and she’s been a true angel for a number of families in eastern New Mexico. She’s not in this for the glory. She’s in it because she knows there is a need. She’s an amazing woman. — Submitted by Betty Williamson z KATHLEEN SALTER, retired ENMU mathematics faculty member, has been a Habitat board member and dedicated member of the construction committee since her retirement in 2006. Kathy loves working with the power tools. Though she had never used a power saw before, when we need something cut accurately, she’s the “go-to” person. Kathy has worked on the construction of our last seven houses. When we had volunteers laying out the footings, the men always called Kathy to make sure their measurements were accurate. As a perfectionist painter, no one else was allowed to paint the window sills of our last house and Kathy always made sure the paint brushes were properly cleaned, even though others would have just put them down. Kathy is an amazing volunteer for all the activities of Habitat. She is a blessing! — Submitted by Joyce Davis