The rewards of volunteering help to keep you grounded. Volunteering gives you a sense of belonging to a community for the betterment of that community.
-May Gourrier French
May Gourrier French grew up in New Orleans the third of nine children. Her parents were committed volunteers and her brothers and sisters followed in their footsteps. For 25 years, May and her brothers volunteered with the Red Cross of New Orleans. Their focus was on Hurricane Disaster Relief Service where they manned the shelters for people who were displaced because of hurricanes.
May eventually moved to the Atlanta area where, at 72, she still works five days a week at SunTrust Bank. The company has an active volunteer program and in 2011, May found Georgia Public Broadcasting. There she volunteers her time helping with pledge drives as a telephone operator, quality control assistant, and other various leadership assignments.
“The rewards of volunteering help to keep me grounded and keep me going,” said May. “Volunteering gives you a sense of belonging to a community that comes together as an extended family to work for the betterment of the overall community,” says May. “Just do it! You will feel better about yourself knowing that what you did helped someone.”
May has belonged to religious and civic organizations over the years that thrive on community involvement and helping those in need. For the past five years in a row she has received the President's Volunteer Service Award through Points of Light. In her spare time, she does step aerobics twice a week, loves arts and crafts, and baking. Her niece Lisa will be joining her on the cruise!