Beryl W.


Beryl Wiltshire

2014 Winner

Orlando, FL
Nominated by Wendy G.

Volunteered for:

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando Area

Length of Service:

25 hours per month for 3 years

January 23, 2014

At 5' 5', 125 pounds and 72 years old, Beryl isn't the typical Habitat for Humanity volunteer. A secretary by trade, she spent years in an office ... not once dreaming that she could traverse rooftops and swing hammers. But that's what happened.

Emerging from retirement and a recent separation, Beryl needed an outlet, and volunteering seemed like a logical choice. However, she had no idea that this decision to help others would also change her life. What led her to Habitat was a television segment where former first lady Rosalynn Carter was working on a home as part of the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

Since then, Beryl regularly volunteers with us and as a construction crew leader, guides volunteers on the construction site. Her contributions have helped build more than 25 homes for Central Florida families. She's overcome fear and physical obstacles - but more importantly, she discovered that helping others change and improve their lives also changed her own.

Her experience has even led her to a building project in Haiti where she met the woman who inspired her, Rosalynn Carter. Sometimes we wish we had duplicates of Beryl! She is a tremendous volunteer to have on our team.

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Prize Description

The National Winner’s designated non-profit charity will receive a $5,000 donation, courtesy of Home Instead, Inc., the franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise network. Each Local Winner’s designated non-profit charity will receive a $500 donation. All Winners will receive a certificate and a spot in the Contest’s “Wall of Fame” here on in recognition of their outstanding service.

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