Harold W.

Sherman, TX
Nominated by Paula Cawthon

Volunteered for:

Texoma Community Center

Length of Service:

25 hours per month for 22 years

Volunteered for:

Texoma Council of Governments

Length of Service:

15 hours per month for 25 years

Volunteered for:

Texas AgLife Extension - Grayson County

Length of Service:

15 hours per month for 25 years

February 28, 2014

Harold Wright has been a volunteer much of his life. He states his mother raised him "the Wright" way, which means he gives to others. He volunteers for about 30 organizations in Grayson County. He says he enjoys volunteering to help others, to stay active and involved in community affairs. He doesn't want to stay at home and let others go without because there was no one to help them.

Mr. Wright serves on many committees through the Texoma Council of Governments (TCOG) in their Senior Citizens organizations such as Texoma Senior Citizen Foundation and Texoma Regional Advisory Council on Aging, and Texoma Senior Corps Foster Grandparents Advisory Council, and Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, AARP, 211 Information and Referral, Sherman ISD Adopt a School. Sherman EX Students Association, Home Hospice, Texoma Regional Blood Center, Sherman Chamber of Commerce, Old Towne Community, Sherman Arts Fest, League of Women Voters, 4-H Club, etc.

I am nominating him for the work he does at all of these places and Texoma Community Center (formerly Mental Health Mental Retardation Services of Texoma). He has helped TCC raise hundreds of thousands of dollars, and he contributes with his personal money as well. Wright has served TCC beginning in 1991 in the WHO program. WHO is preventative education for children to save them from abuse. He moved on into other programs and fundraisers and has been chairman and other offices of the Volunteer Services Council for years. Wright brings food to our location (and many other organizations) on a daily basis for Kroger. Our clients call him "the bread man." He was the driving force to obtain this daily donation from Kroger many years ago.

Senior Citizens, the disabled, young children, and the other in the hurting populations benefit from Wright's service. Some of the places on his route are TCC, Home Hospice, the Salvation Army, Key Care Food Bank, the soup kitchen for homeless people, the Girls and Boys Clubs, TCOG, Rose Hill Community Center, and Sherman Senior Center, etc.

Wright also volunteers for Grayson County 4-H as a member of the County Board and the Livestock Show. He volunteers for the Grayson County Holiday Lights Display that draws thousands of people every year. Wright is a working volunteer. He puts his power into the job. He doesn't just sit on committees and boards and make plans for others to do. He puts the plans into action by physically working hard no matter what the job.

Wright and his wife were recognized by U.S. Representative Ralph Hall in a President George W. Bush proclamation to Congress designating Older Americans Month and a flag was flown over the Capitol honoring them for their volunteer work and service to Texas Silver-Haired Legislature.

He has received the prestigious Andrus Award bestowed by AARP in 2002. His dedication to the Sherman Ex Students Association has led them to recognize him as an outstanding ex student. Also he received the honor of the TCOG Senior Hall of Fame. Wright has received so many awards that his house can hardly contain them.

The Martha Jefferson Randolph chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution honored Wright as Community Volunteer of the Year in 2013. The Grayson County Social Services Association gave the Wright's the first Community Service Volunteer Award in 2011.

When Wright was a child, he was deeply affected when their neighbors' house burned down on his sixth birthday. He could not ignore that family then, and he refuses to ignore those in need today. He says "Like it or not, there are some people who, for whatever reason, just can't help themselves to the extent needed. There are more people out there, especially seniors, who could use a hand." Wright is like George Bailey in the movie, "It's a Wonderful Life." He affects the lives of so many, we would not know what Grayson County would be like without him. When Harold Wright's name is mentioned in Grayson County it is well-known. Most everyone who knows him will say, "He's wonderful."

With all of his qualities, I highly recommend him for the Senior Service Award given by Home Instead Senior Care.

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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 SaluteToSeniorService.com in recognition of their outstanding service.

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