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Volunteer Spotlight: Liza Harmon

May 9th, 2012 10:26 am by Staff Report

Volunteer Spotlight: Liza Harmon

Volunteers Liza Harmon and Mary Cunningham share a special bond that grew from their shared commitment and enthusiasm for Meals on Wheels.

Volunteer: Liza Harmon

Agency: Meals on Wheels of Kingsport, Inc.

When did you start volunteering? When I moved back to Kingsport in 1986, I had been away for 17 years and really did not know anyone except family. A neighbor asked me if I would like to join their Meals on Wheels cooking team. Saying "yes" was one of the best decisions I have ever made! I enjoyed the challenge of preparing and serving around 140 meals within three hours. I liked that Meals on Wheels was an organization that was made up of all volunteers and everyone seemed to love what they were doing.

What made you want to get involved with this agency? I started working at a full-time job and had to quit cooking, but fortunately was able to begin volunteering as a driver for Meals on Wheels during my lunch hour. Once I had the opportunity to meet some of our recipients, I knew I would be a volunteer for life! Many of the recipients were so appreciative and I loved being able to be a small part of their lives. Additionally, I met and became friends with a very special Meals on Wheels volunteer, Mary Cunningham. Mary’s commitment and enthusiasm for Meals on Wheels has always been infectious. I just love learning from her.

What have you found to be your greatest strengths? I like to cook and I like to be around people. I am good at ‘executing a plan.’ Meals on Wheels is perfect for me because I feel that all my efforts go directly towards helping recipients.

What keeps you coming back each week? It’s been over 25 years since I first became acquainted with Meals on Wheels. I no longer work ‘for pay,’ so I am free to volunteer more. I’m cooking and delivering multiple times a month and coordinating other Meals on Wheels volunteers. Every single volunteer for Meals on Wheels is a very important part of our organization. I am currently serving my second stint on the Board of Directors for Meals on Wheels. My friend, Mary Cunningham, is still involved with our organization and continues to teach me about the joy of volunteerism.

Tell us about other things you do: I have participated in many regional tennis leagues. My husband and I are avid cyclists and gardeners. I am currently on the Historic Zoning Commission for the City of Kingsport. If I’m not in a kitchen, delivering, gardening or biking, then I’ve probably retreated to my basement to sew.

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