Volunteer Center of Greensboro recognizing outstanding volunteer

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Taking care of animals isn't easy, but for some, it just comes naturally.

Being around goats and monkeys would seem like an unlikely place to find Jim Blalock, especially considering that he spent 15 years working in human resources.

"It's totally different than what I'm used to doing,” he said.

But after four years of volunteering with the Greensboro Science Center, he has quickly become the “go-to guy” assisting the zookeepers and other staff members.

"It's very fulfilling and I plan on trying to do it for as long as I can,” Blalock said.

His hard work has not gone unnoticed. After being nominated by his colleagues, Blalock is being honored as an outstanding volunteer at The Volunteer Center of Greensboro’s annual luncheon.

"This is their moment. This is their time to shine. This is their name up in lights and they deserve that and a million times over because they are just incredible human beings who give selflessly,” Carley Swaim, executive director of The Volunteer Center of Greensboro, said.

Lincoln Financial Group is being honored as a corporate volunteer. 1,400 of its employees volunteer throughout the Triad.

"Some of the things our employees get involved in, certainly the United Way, Greensboro Urban Ministry, here at the Greensboro Science Center,” said Senior Vice President Bob Scheppegrell.

Much like Blalock, the volunteers don’t serve for the attention.

"I feel so honored and I'm also humbled at the same time,” Blalock said.

The Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon is Oct. 8 at The Elm Street Center.


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