Volunteering with Vitality
By Karen Morgan
Napoleon and Irma Richardson are two community leaders with a vital interest in community service.
Napoleon is an assistant vice president of Financial Center Operations at Allegacy Federal Credit Union and Irma is an associate project manager with Wake Forest Health Sciences. During a recent interview about their many years of volunteer work, their mutual interest in helping people became evident.
When asked the reason they volunteer, Napoleon responded, “I was certainly interested in helping young people succeed. Throughout the years, my fraternal organization paved the way for me to become involved with providing academic scholarships to young people, providing career development and tutoring help to students … and act as a mentor for young people.” Irma said that a hallmark of her sorority is a “lifelong commitment of service to mankind.” She stated, “I like to be involved in organizations that really reach out and make an impact in the community. My primary choice is working with the youth. They are our future.”
This common thread of volunteering for the betterment of the community is one that had its foundation in Napoleon’s and Irma’s own families, schools from which they graduated, and the communities where they have lived, particularly Winston-Salem. They have each “officially” volunteered their time for well over 30 years.
Irma also noted that, “The National Council of Negro Women got on my radar because of an event I attended to do a presentation for work. The event was The Black Family Reunion Celebration that is held annually in Washington, DC on the National Mall. This national event is a partnership among churches and faith communities across the country to celebrate the black family and honor those who exemplify love, unity, and service. After returning from that event, I looked for the Winston-Salem section and joined them.”
In combination, Napoleon and Irma have given their time and energy as not only members, but also as leaders, of the Forsyth Adolescent Health Coalition, the Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem, the Old Salem Sertoma Club, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the National Council of Negro Women, Inc., Winston-Salem Section, the Winston-Salem Chamber Corporate Volunteer Program, the Central Sertoma Club, Catholic Social Services, the Winston-Salem Police Officers Retirement Commission, the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the Pi Phi Fraternity Inc., the Winston-Salem Foundation, Mediation Services of Forsyth County, Kiwanis International, Meals on Wheels and Red Bank Baptist Church.
Napoleon and Irma agree that volunteering in one’s community helps other people, fosters a sense of motivation and achievement, helps one gain new experiences, positively influences your friends, family and employer, and has a big impact on your life as well. They take to heart the saying “To whom much is given, much is required.” For Seniors Only proudly salutes Napoleon and Irma Richardson for their contribution to improving the quality of life in our community.
Karen Morgan is Relationship Manager, Private Wealth division, Allegacy Federal Credit Union.