by KELLEY GUSICH | photo by Love, Jayde Photography

Joy of Volunteering

The small-town feeling and the lovely surrounding hills are the reasons Laura Wilson has lived in San Marcos for the past 15 years. Recently retired, Laura would of course love to spend all her time with her beautiful daughter Heather, son-in-law Ben, and handsome grandson Merrick, but those three are not retired yet so she wanted to find something to do to enhance her community. After researching in the areas that interested her the most, Laura became involved in the Escondido Campus of the San Diego Humane Society and Casa de Amparo. She also found herself drawn to the Contemporary Women of North County (CWONC) and now devotes a big chunk of her time to the group of women volunteers.

volunteer02CWONC is an organization devoted to helping in all aspects of San Diego. A CWONC volunteer might work toward helping seniors, children, the military, animals, the homeless – the list is large and varied. Some past examples include putting on a Beach Bash for the Marines of the HMLA 369 Squadron returning from Afghanistan or helping with fundraisers for anyone who may be in need. “New members are always welcome,” Laura said, “helping with whatever interests them and getting involved for whatever amount of time they’d like.” The group could also use donations of small toiletries, material, yarn, quilting supplies, and donations of gift cards or services. “It would be wonderful if people, groups, or businesses would consider donating toward the many areas we support,” she explained, “whether it’s scholarships for local girls, making baby items, blankets, and quilts, and so much more. Donations allow us to help so many.”

When asked about ways volunteers can get going, Laura shared, “CWONC has so many opportunities to get involved. It can be planning an event, hands-on projects, making needed items, sewing, crocheting, quilting, working an event, or plenty of other opportunities.” The group never forgets fun, too, with social activities like Twisted Stitchers, Bunco, Game Night, Let’s Go Walking, and more.

Laura enjoys her surroundings when she’s not assisting others by gardening, reading, and sharing time with friends. It may surprise many to know she loves hip-hop and dance music, but it surprises no one that Laura Wilson loves volunteering. “Volunteering is extremely rewarding and it may sound corny but it brings great joy. There are so many ways to make a difference in our community.”

Name: Laura Wilson
Community: Discovery Hills area
Volunteer Affiliation: GFWC Contemporary Women of North County
Occupation: Retired
Interests: Gardening, reading, music

Group: GFWC Contemporary Women of North County
Purpose: The group is made up of women of all ages who share an interest in volunteering for a variety of causes in the community and meeting women with similar interests. They also have fun social events, a book club, and craft (sewing, crocheting, and knitting) activities.