Linda Keith has dedicated the past 12 years of her life to service work in Cache Valley, Utah...
Linda retired from a position as a public relations specialist about three and a half years ago, but her involvement in the community started long before her official retirement. Starting in 2005, for many years, she was a Meals on Wheels driver, taking hot, nutritious meals twice a week from the Cache Senior Center to seniors 60 and older who were homebound and/or disabled. Equally important, she would check on the well-being of each senior she visited. Recipients of meals came to realize that Linda was more than just a driver, but also someone who was interested in them.
In 2014, Linda volunteered to drive a Veteran’s Administration 12-person van from Cache Senior Center to the VA Hospital and Huntsman Cancer Center in Salt Lake City, taking veterans to medical appointments. Along the way, she also picks up veterans at stops in Brigham City, Ogden, and Clearfield. Most of these veterans no longer drive and the van provides a lifeline to get them to medical help.
Driving the van is a large commitment of time. The van leaves at 7:00 am and often does not get back until late afternoon. Linda is often driving two to four times a month.
Linda will tell you that she started volunteering to give back to veterans, but now the veterans have become “good friends.”
Linda has been a volunteer for over four years at Global Village Gifts in the heart of Downtown Logan. Global Village Gifts is a not-for-profit retail store featuring fairly traded handcrafts produced by artisans and farmers around the world. Global Village Gifts pays artisans in third-world countries a fair price for the products they make. They help artisans provide for their families and improve their future rather than endure unemployment and substandard living conditions. Most of the handicrafts come from women in Asia, Africa, South and Central America. It is the only retail store of its type in Utah.
Other organizations have also benefited from Linda’s volunteer work over the last fifteen years. She has helped at the English Language Center in Logan. The “English Language Center teaches English, basic life skills, U.S. Citizenship preparation, and employment education to adult speakers of other languages.”
In 2011, she served as President of Friends of North Logan Library. We suspect that many other organizations have benefited from her service. It is not just that Linda is generous with her time. Linda is a kind person; conscious of other’s needs, genuine, and one who sees the good in everyone. She continues to volunteer through PSP's Senior & Community Volunteers Program. She is highly appreciated and valued by the organizations where she volunteers. Most importantly, she makes a difference in the lives she touches.
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