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Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Mary LaFountain

The Eagle salutes community volunteer Mary LaFountain of Middlebury. LaFountain is a founding member and current vice president of the Championship Special Olympics Ski Team. The ski team having won two gold medals and a silver at the games at Suicide Six in Woodstock recently.

The Eagle salutes community volunteer Mary LaFountain of Middlebury. LaFountain is a founding member and current vice president of the Championship Special Olympics Ski Team. The ski team having won two gold medals and a silver at the games at Suicide Six in Woodstock recently.

— The Eagle salutes community volunteer Mary LaFountain of Middlebury. LaFountain is a founding member and current vice president of the Championship Special Olympics Ski Team. The ski team having won two gold medals and a silver at the games at Suicide Six in Woodstock recently.

According to Serena Eddy Guiles of the Addison County RSVP and the Volunteer Center/Green Mountain Foster Grandparent Program, “As a veteran athlete, Mary volunteers her time by helping the younger athletes prepare for competition. She gives them racing tips, makes sure they have gathered all their equipment and ensures that they arrive on time to the start. She also enjoys being a member of Speak Up!, a group that encourages community members to speak up about their rights.”

LaFountain finds rich rewards in volunteering: “I like to keep myself busy and have people recognize me. Volunteering makes me feel happy. I like getting out there and helping people - it enriches my life as well as theirs,” she said.

The Middlebury Community Supper Program is seeking volunteers to help out during the next several months. Every Friday evening, volunteers meet at the Congregational Church to make delicious meals and share them with members of our community. Tasks include setting up buffet tables, simple food preparation, and clean-up. This is a great opportunity for groups or businesses that would like to volunteer as a team.

You can volunteer once a year or once a month. Call 388-7044 if you are interested.

Would you like to be do more as a community volunteer? The United Way is always looking for RSVP Bone Builders instructors.

The Eagle thanks Serena Eddy Guiles of the Addison County RSVP and the Volunteer Center/Green Mountain Foster Grandparent Program for assistance with our salute to local volunteers. RSVP and the Volunteer Center are located at 48 Court St. in Middlebury.

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