GREENSBORO, N.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (NC-06) honored Betty Hilliard of Guilford County as the Sixth District Community Hero of the Month for July 2016.
Each month, Rep. Walker awards a constituent, business, or organization in his district for displaying extraordinary acts of service and for making a difference in the lives around them.
In her own words, Betty Hilliard has been blessed with a career that allowed her to retire early, and she’s been using her time to selflessly care for others. She volunteers hours of her time to serve her community helping out at many organizations in the Greensboro area:
The Barnabas Network
Betty spends about ten hours a month volunteering at The Barnabas Network, which helps provide furniture to struggling families as they transition out of homelessness, abusive situations, or the loss of a home. She was formerly a board member and is on a committee for establishing a retail store.
Ten Thousand Villages
Betty is filling in as the manager of Ten Thousand Villages in Greensboro where she volunteers for more than 50 hours a month. Ten Thousand Villages is a fair trade retailer that sells items that are made largely by women in developing nations. The sale of these items help these women provide food, shelter and educational opportunities for their families.
Betty volunteers about 20 hours a month at StepUp Greensboro, which works to create opportunities through jobs and life-skills training. There she assists with the Job Readiness Training Week and helps people prepare for job interviews. “This program gives so many that first chance to ‘Step Up’ their lives, to change to improve their situations, to be able to provide for their families and in many instances to begin to pay it forward for others,” Hilliard said. “It enables individuals to begin to value themselves and to transform into productive, happy, and fulfilled people.”
First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro
Betty also volunteers in many ways through her church. At First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, she volunteers in the kitchen, serving meals as a Team leader. She also works with “Circle of Friends” to provide meals for bereaved families and delivers “Mobile Meals.”
“The way Betty restlessly serves our community is inspirational. It was amazing to discover all of the organizations she works with and all of the lives she has touched.” Walker said. “I am thrilled we can honor her selfless work and celebrate how she has used her life to be an example for how we are all called to help our neighbors.”
Walker presented Hilliard a certificate and a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol during a visit to The Barnabas Network.