Recently, Mark Taylor was granted the Rio Rancho Civitan International Award for his contributions to the community. Mark is an adult learner in the literacy program at LifeROOTS, Inc. Although Mark is retired, he maintains a full schedule of volunteer work and other community involvement activities.
In Marks words:
I retired from work in 2006 and moved to New Mexico from New York in 2007. I like to keep busy and have always had a sense of serving the community. I quickly found places to volunteer. Currently, I am volunteering with Rio Rancho Civitan International, and at the Westside Lovelace Hospital. I also volunteer with the Quality Work Environment Committee at LifeROOTs, Inc. and with the VA Spinal Cord Injury Center. When the fall comes around I help park vehicles at the Balloon Fiesta.
Volunteering is very meaningful because it gives me a sense of pride. Serving the community has given my life a new purpose. On September 22nd 2012, I was given the Civitan International Award for Community Service. Civitan International is a non-profit organization which aims “to build good citizenship by providing a volunteer organization of clubs dedicated to serving individual and community needs with an emphasis on helping people with developmental disabilities.” Volunteers are known as Civitans. There are over 1,000 clubs around the world with 40,000 members.
My Civitan club is called the City of Vision Civitan. We meet every Thursday night to discuss individual and community needs. We help individuals with special needs, families, children in schools, and single-parents. We have clothing and food drives. We sponsor reading programs and collect school supplies too. In the past we have helped people with wheelchair ramps, as well as participate in adopt-a-highway.
I recommend everyone to get involved in their communities. I feel people have to learn to help each other in order to build a better place for us all to live.