Helping Others Through Volunteering and Grants

Mark Willard Presenting a Grant to the LIGHT Center

Mark Willard Presenting a Grant to the LIGHT Center

Among the many volunteers in Lawrenceburg, there is one that is always trying to help through grants from his employer and spending time to help those less fortunate.  Assistant manager of the Lawrenceburg Walmart, Mark Willard, has dedicated many years of his life volunteering and helping others.

Through the years, Mark has been involved in helping with countless events and organizations in the county and volunteered many, many hours.  With his employer’s support, he has encouraged other Walmart associates to volunteer and have helped with grants for non-profit organizations throughout the county.

Mark explained that through his encouragement, other Walmart associates did 1048 volunteer hours last year.  He also has helped in securing $15,000 in volunteer grants and $10,000 in community grants last year alone through Walmart.

He also personally serves as the chairman of the family resource council for Saffell Elementary and ECC, working alongside Barbara Basham for 15 years.  Through his connections at Walmart and Anderson County Schools, he helps every year with the annual family fun fest that provides free backpacks and school supplies for county students.

Although he works over 50 hours a week, he enjoys helping and wants to focus more on helping the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce as well as the Anderson Humane Society where he serves as a board member with both organizations.  He is also focusing more on the American Legion and has done landscaping work when they needed it.

Mark and his family have lived in Lawrenceburg all their lives.  He attributes his want to help others from his parents who instilled in him at an early age to take all opportunities to help others.

Mark hopes that his dedication to volunteering inspires others.  “I really feel everybody can give back 2-3 hours,” he said explaining that donations don’t always have to be monetary.

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