Volunteers are vital to the work of First UU and many members find volunteering to be a meaningful way to be involved in church life. As part of an ongoing series, church member Elaine Twamley interviews a volunteer about their work. Their stories offer illustrate the many enjoyable and meaningful ways to volunteer.
Active church member for 46 years, tireless volunteer, and an unofficial church historian, Caroline Clark rededicates herself to First Church with each passing year. "Our church is my safe haven, my prodder, my challenge, my sacred space where I can be myself. Here are the people who sustain me in the good times and hard times too."
Caroline is a World War II childhood survivor. Born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1938, her early childhood was often frightening. Although her home was bombed only once, there was constant threat. Her father was an Air Raid Patrol volunteer who activated the sirens when German planes were spotted. Her father was also the person who comforted her when the darkness from blackout curtains went on too long. The happiest day of her young life came when she heard all of Glasgow's ships sounding their hooters, signaling the end of World War II in 1945.
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