At the start of ninth grade at Hopewell Valley Central High School, Olivia Obst was too shy to raise her hand in class. Then, on a whim at age 16, she volunteered with Hopewell Fire Department & Emergency Medical Unit.
She became a junior member, then an EMT, then a firefighter. Just out of high school, Olivia helped save the life of one of her Hopewell Valley neighbors, and went on to be named both Fire Fighter and EMT of the Year. Continue reading
With children grown or careers successfully completed, Baby Boomers may find themselves with free time. A new Hopewell Township program hopes to match them with a fulfilling way to use it: Volunteering with a local fire company or first aid squad.
The benefits are mutual, shared Hopewell Valley Senior Services Coordinator Randi Knechel, who started the program. The volunteer organizations always need volunteers and can greatly benefit from the experience and skills these 50- and 60-somethings have to offer. And, in this stage of their lives, members of the generation that defied all the rules may find themselves craving a little structure.