Devola woman jumps right in

When Janice Levy and her husband Charles moved to Marietta three years ago, it was the first small community that the Levys had ever lived in.

“We moved here from Norfolk, and this is our first small town,” said Janice.

Though it is small, Janice quickly found there is no lack of activities to keep her busy in Marietta, and she jumped right in, offering her time first at the Washington County Public Library and more recently with the Marietta Welfare League.

“I’m much more involved in this small town that I ever was before,” she said.

Question: How did you get involved with the library?

Answer: My husband and I moved about three years ago, and I’m a huge book lover. I love to read, and I love to be around books. As soon as I got settled, I went to the library and asked them if they needed any help. It was a good way for me to get out a bit and start meeting people in the community.

Q: What’s a typical day volunteering at the library entail?

A: Well I do it two days a week. Mostly I check in return books. If they need me to, I pull books off the shelves that people have placed on order. I’m only there for about two hours most mornings.

Q: Does the volunteer position come with any perks?

A: For me, being a book lover that is always checking books in, I see so many interesting books come through that I never would have heard of otherwise. They’re not on any bestsellers lists, but they look interesting. I have a long list. I’ve found some interesting DVDs that way, too.

Q: What sort of work do you do with the Marietta Welfare League?

A: I’ve only been doing that for about a year. We run the coffee shop in the hospital and we’re opening up a brand new coffee shop, hopefully within the next couple of weeks. I’m on the food committee and I’m also the chairman of the auction committee for the Shoe Tag Program.

Q: How did you get involved with the Marietta Welfare League?

A: In this small town, everybody has just been so welcoming. A friend asked if I wanted to join this causal garden club and that led to someone asking if I wanted to join the Welfare League.

Q: What do you enjoy about volunteering?

A: Mostly just meeting people. I’m a people person and I like to keep busy. I’m not one to sit around the house. It gets me out of the house, and it gets me meeting people.

Q: How can people get involved?

A: Well at the library, I just went in off the street and asked at the front desk. Amy Elliott at the Marietta Welfare League is in charge of new members. She can be reached at 525-6857.

Jasmine Rogers conducted this interview.