Volunteer of the Year 2012

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Dorothy Sanders
Ingleside Manor
Macon, Georgia

Dorothy Sanders was born in Manhattan, New York. Their family later moved to Michigan where she was graduated from Northwestern High School in Detroit.

She received a BA/BS degree from the University of Detroit Mercy in Business Administration and Accounting, and she has an Associate degree from Lewis College of Business. She has also received Resolutions from the State of Michigan, County of Wayne, and the City of Detroit, and she was named Elementary School Volunteer of the Year.

Dorothy was a resident at Ingleside Manor from March 2007 until February 2010. Manager Vicky Ellis writes that the first time she met Dorothy to begin her move-in paperwork, she stated, “If you ever need me to volunteer here, I will be glad to. I volunteer at a lot of different organizations.” Taking her up on her offer, she started volunteering in the office a couple of days a week. Vicky says she was a God-send and still is.

Dorothy accepted an office assistant position in 2009. Dorothy is a retired Accountant. Every year she volunteers to file all residents’ income tax returns at no charge. She is also a notary, and she offers this service to all residents at no charge. Dorothy makes sure that residents receive energy assistance, discounts on their phone bills, and she reminds them to save receipts for all ‘out of pocket’ medical expenses.

When the community has ‘Call Congress’ days, Dorothy is a firm believer that everyone has a voice in government, and she helps the residents with the calls. Whenever there are severe weather conditions, Dorothy drives to Ingleside Manor after hours – sometimes at 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning – to check on the residents who are fearful, and she stays with them until the storm passes. Dorothy assists with the holiday community lunches and makes sure that the “shut-ins” are served. She donates her Saturdays cleaning resident’s apartments who have no family or friends to help them. If residents are in need, she will buy them groceries. She donates to all the resident activities and fundraisers and helps them any way she can.

Dorothy’s other activities include Secretary of Chamber of Commerce, Secretary of Friends of Sheriff’s Office, Member of Chamber Education Committee, Chair of Consumers Advisory Council of US Postal Service, member of the Georgia Industrial Economic Board, Member of Elementary School Advisory Committee, and Volunteer at the Middle Georgia Food Bank. She tutors math students at elementary school, creates and sponsors Candidates Educational Seminars, collects toys for Marines “toys for kids,” and she is a church volunteer for the Loaves and Fishes Program, Habitat Project, Homeless and Youth Programs, and the Fall Festival.

Dorothy is a member of the Concerned Citizens Group of the County, assists with the Martin Luther King Parade and Black History month activities, and is the County Chairperson for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life activities and fundraisers.

For all that she does for Ingleside Manor and the larger Macon and Georgia community, RHF is pleased to present Dorothy Sanders with the 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award.