Opinion

August 31, 2013

Citizen of the Week: Sherry Carter

Sherry Carter is a familiar face at the Dalton Organization of Churches United for People (DOC-UP), which helps individuals in need pay their rent and utility bills.

She’s also a familiar face at the Women’s Enrichment Center — Dalton’s crisis pregnancy center — and at her church, First Christian Church of Dalton. In fact, Carter is such a familiar face in volunteerism that those who know her associate her with all the work she does.

“Really, she does whatever needs to be done,” said Amy McIntosh, volunteer coordinator for the Women’s Enrichment Center. “She has done everything from counseling one-on-one with clients to starting classes.”

She’s also helped organize the baby store where expectant mothers can use points earned from classes they take to “purchase” baby items and maternity clothes. She’s done office work, made phone calls and been an encouragement, McIntosh said.

“She’s got a heart for it, and she’s very faithful to be here,” she said.

DOC-UP director Ginny Ireland said Carter has volunteered with that organization for years, too. In addition to interviewing clients who come in to receive assistance, Carter is also a member of the executive board and board of directors that help run the charity organization, and she’s the secretary for the board. DOC-UP is funded by area churches of various denominations.

“She is very bright and efficient and compassionate,” Ireland said. “She can find the humor in the midst of a stressful situation, and that’s a wonderful quality to have, especially at DOC-UP where we see a lot of people (for whom) we’re their last hope for staying in their homes. She will go the extra mile for clients but then also be able to leave a quiet spirit and a sense of humor with them.”

On top of all that, she’s known for teaching Kindermusik classes, a children’s music program, and volunteering in several capacities at her church.

“She’s a very self-giving, thinking-of-others-first kind of person,” Ireland said.

The world needs more of those kinds of people. For her years of work in helping others at times when they may need it most, The Daily Citizen names Sherry Carter Citizen of the Week.

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