Food Bank Volunteer Wins Shining Light Award



Salemtowne recently honored Nancy Wagoner as the winner of the 2016 Salemtowne Shining Light award. This annual award honors community volunteers over the age of 62 who reflect Salemtowne’s commitment to support the well-being of others.

Wagoner, who retired from Mutual of Omaha insurance company, has volunteered with Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina since February 2009.

“Nancy believes in the mission of Second Harvest Food Bank and we have been blessed with her dedication to volunteering with us two days a week for four-plus hours each day,” says Debbie Clark, the food bank’s volunteer and project coordinator.

After retiring, Wagoner began searching for a place where she could volunteer her talents, including her administrative skills. Clark says Wagoner is always eager to help in any way possible.

“Nancy adds such a warm feeling to everyone’s day, and honestly I don’t think she has ever met a stranger,” Clark says. “She is wonderful in assisting with training new volunteers or helping to answer questions. I know personally she is a tremendous help to my department, and I am so happy to have her as one of our dedicated volunteers.”

Wagoner spreads the word about the food bank’s efforts at her church and throughout the community, and often volunteers extra hours during the holidays.

“She knows just what a difference in a person’s life we can make each and every day in our fight against hunger,” Clark says.

Wagoner accepted the award at a lunch ceremony June 29 at Salemtowne.

“It was an overwhelming day for me but one I shall never forget,” Wagoner says.

Salemtowne President and CEO Mark Steele praised Wagoner and other award nominees for their work.

“Salemtowne is not an insular, exclusive community,” Steele said at the award ceremony. “Everyone here is a contributing member of the larger community and so we strive to make a difference where we can. It’s inspiring to see local seniors who share our commitment.”

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