Margaret makes volunteering an important part of her life
Longtime Madison resident Margaret Sommers loves to help others. “It makes me feel good to know that I might be making a difference in someone’s life,” she reflects.
A retired employee from UW Housing, Margaret has been an active community volunteer for more than 30 years. She balances volunteering with reading, exercising, spending cherished time with her “surrogate” grandson Duncan, traveling, and photographing flowers.
Margaret became a volunteer at the Council at a staff member’s invitation in 2011. When an issue of the Council Courier newsletter rolls around, Margaret affixes mailing labels to hundreds of copies. She enjoys the jokes and camaraderie of the other volunteers, and she appreciates the opportunity to learn about people who live with vision loss. “I have such admiration for their courage and abilities.” When the Council launched “On Sight,” a monthly e-newsletter, Margaret offered to do the audio recording, so the publication would be accessible to more readers.
Other organizations have benefited from Margaret’s generous and dependable help. She has volunteered for a variety of projects and events at Holy Wisdom Monastery since 1980. Each week, she prepares copies of the bulletin for the Sunday liturgy, and she delivers donated food to Luke House-- an ecumenical ministry that helps feed Madison’s hungry. A nature and animal lover, Margaret helped the staff at the Henry Vilas Zoo for two and one-half years. She supported Russ Feingold when he was in office, and she recently began to do computer data checks for Progressives United, an organization founded by Feingold and aligned with her personal political convictions. “I do a lot of volunteering,” she remarked, “but I don’t like to brag about it. It’s just part of who I am and what I care about.”