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Lisa is a very friendly person. She loves music and games – and she’s quite a conversationalist. Her smile is ever-present.

She also cherishes the feeling of accomplishment. Lisa recently started volunteering three days a week at the Western Allegheny Community Library in Oakdale. Her main responsibility is placing returned books in alphabetical order for re-shelving. But Lisa’s ever-present desire to do more has led to additional tasks, such as helping with Library mailings, assembling information for staff conferences and checking & organizing board games before their next borrowing.

“The Library staff could not be better, they treat Lisa like family,” explained Sandy Ersek, a Citizen Care Community Participation Support staff. “Lisa is one of 17 persons supported by Citizen Care who volunteer at the Library and she truly enjoys it.”

Ersek added that Lisa is active in planting and maintaining the Library’s outdoor garden every spring and summer. Vegetables are grown and made available for free to library patrons.

“It makes me feel six-and-a-half feet tall,” Lisa said, proudly.

Lisa is known not only as a hard worker, but as someone with a kind heart. One day, when she saw a little girl at the library, she took a break from working to read the child a story. And she’s been known to cover shifts for her peers who can’t make it to work.

“I just love seeing people supported by Citizen Care walk through our doors like superstars,” said Amy McDonald, Director of the Western Allegheny Community Library. “As a former Special Education teacher, I could not possibly love their involvement any more than I do. Our volunteers are confident in their job duties and are valued members of our team.”

Speaking of superstars, Lisa also participates in semi-annual community park clean up days, a weekly bowling league and is known to be an excellent Scrabble and Boggle player.

Said Ersek: “Lisa’s sense of humor and positive attitude make everyone feel special.”

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