By Carol Holman, AVP Real Estate Loan Officer, Hamilton and Missoula, MT
In honor of National Volunteer Week, we are happy to share a few outstanding Stockman volunteers with you. During the week of April 7 through April 13, you will be seeing individuals on our Facebook page and our Instagram page who have gone above and beyond. Many Stockman employees work tirelessly to better their communities in small and large ways. The employees we will be featuring this week live their lives in the service of others.
As Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
To kick off the week, we invite you to enjoy a recent interview with Carol Holman, AVP, Real Estate Loan Officer in Hamilton.
Why is volunteering important to you?
It is important to me to because our communities are only as strong as the people who live in them. If I can make someone’s life better by giving of myself and that improves another person’s life, it is priceless.
Which organizations are you actively volunteering?
Meals on Wheels (delivery driver), Three Mile Fire Department (FF/EMT, Board Member), Make A Wish (Wish grantor), Rotary (President Elect –President as of 07/19, Board Member), BV Chamber of Commerce-Board Member, National Fallen Firefighters (Escort families of Fire Fighters who die in line of duty every year), Team member for Relay for Life Bitterroot.
What motivated you to choose these nonprofits?
I choose to work with all these organizations because it allows me to give to people of all ages and backgrounds.
Making a difference in a senior citizen’s life by simply delivering a meal and visiting for a few minutes is extremely rewarding. Helping an ill child to smile, laugh and forget for a short time how sick they are is priceless. Volunteering in my local community as a FF/EMT allows me to help neighbors to feel cared for and feel safer in a bad situation. Holding their hand and comforting them in their time of greatest need is why I volunteer.
I am honored every year to have the privilege to stand beside a Fallen Brother or Sister’s family in Emmitsburg, MD and show them that I, along with others, will never forget their loved one. Raising money in the Relay for Life to help friends and neighbors battle cancer is so small an act. This event helps to accomplish big changes in people’s lives.
What has been your favorite memory volunteering?
It is hard to choose, but I would say the times I mentored children through Big Brothers & Sisters (Missoula) and Companions for Children in North Dakota. Helping a child blossom into a beautiful young person and seeing them believe in themselves is the greatest reward a mentor can ever achieve.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced while volunteering?
Having enough time to give to all the above, I wish I had more time to give back to others.
How has volunteering changed you?
It has made me a more caring person.
Helping others has helped me to realize how much we count on each other for both physical and emotional support. I feel like it has made my life more complete and fulfilling. It is a privilege to have had the opportunity to be involved in the lives of such great people. I treasure every moment I can continue to make a difference simply by caring.
We are proud to spotlight Carol Holman. Her service and commitment to the many organizations she is involved with exemplify what it means to be a volunteer. Since we last spoke with her, Carol was named Volunteer of the Year from the Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Happy National Volunteer week, Carol! Your commitment to community makes all of us proud to have you on the Stockman team.