To say that Angela Helwig has her hands full is an enormous understatement. Being a wife and mother, as we all know, is a full-time job. And speaking of full-time jobs, her role as administrative assistant to the Oconee County Board Of Commissioners serves up another task for the busy lady.
But let’s not stop there. As executive director of the Keep Oconee County Beautiful Commission, even more of her time is spent serving her community.
All of those roles require organizational skills, publicity and advertising know-how, and attention to detail. It's a lot of hours and dedication.
But there’s more. Oh yes, more!
She also belongs to the Athens Lions Club and holds the office of Club Treasurer after having served twice as Club President. And beginning July 1, she'll be the cabinet secretary/treasurer for Lions District 18D.
The list of her volunteer efforts does not stop there. She also works with the Jeanette Rankin Foundation, and has previously served the American Cancer Society, been a Sunday school teacher, and youth group leader...the list goes on and on.
When asked about her first volunteering efforts, Helwig recalls beginning as a young mother in her 20’s by helping with vacation Bible school and also with American Red Cross.
“I can’t explain, but I just think I must.” she said. “Perhaps because I think that if I don’t do it, perhaps it won’t get done.”
Oddly, it’s not the actual work she enjoys.
“What I do enjoy is not really the work itself but the people I meet and, at times, the results of the work,” Helwig explained.
When considering what advice she’d give to others who want to volunteer, she advices to not hold back.
“First, I would say to them, ‘Please don’t wait - volunteer now – we need you!’" she said. "Then I would tell them to think about the causes about which they are passionate and do some research to see what groups are doing the work that needs to be done for those causes. I cannot stress enough that passion is the key! I am passionately opposed to polluting and destroying our planet so I got involved with Keep Oconee County Beautiful.”
There's no shortage of programs that need passionate helpers.
“You should have no problem at all finding ways to help," Helwig said. "There are so many wonderful people doing so many great things and they all need your help. Just call (dial 211) or go to their website and find out about local groups that are doing the kind of work you are interested in. Keep your eyes and ears open – there are opportunities all around you. Ask your friends about the things they do.”
And if you're interested in the Lions Club or Keep Oconee County Beautiful Commission?
"I’ll hook you up,” Helwig said.