Giving Your Best: Betty Elliott

EVANS, GA—  Time now to recognize another outstanding volunteer in our community.

This month, we’re surprising an extraordinary woman with a passion for her community, and for books!

Betty Elliott volunteers an average of 20 hours per week at the Columbia County Library. Through her hard work and dedication, many lives are enriched by the library’s outreach activities. Betty is a great-grandmother and two-time breast cancer survivor, but that doesn’t keep her from serving the patrons of the library… and that’s why Betty Elliott is this month’s Giving Your Best winner.

“She is just such a giving person and she’s worked so hard,” says Billie Houston, who nominated Betty for the award.

“Well, I’ve always wanted to help the librarians, I just really think they’re great folks.”

Betty Ellliott loves books and she wants to encourage people to read and take advantage of the many programs offered at the Columbia County Library. Her involvement made her a natural pick for president of Friends of the Library. One of her most important tasks is lining up volunteers.

“And she encourages people to volunteer and she follows up with people and schedules.”

“I just love my volunteers, every one of them, they’re great. Very faithful.”

They became friends through their service to Friends of the Library. Billie and Betty are retired and both understand the importance of volunteering, and how it strengthens the community.

“It keeps me busy, it keeps me involved with people it gives me a good feeling of community and helpfulness and I feel it’s very important to give back.”

“Oh, it’s very important. Gets you out of bed, gives you something to do, keeps you active, keeps you young -it’s just wonderful, plus I keep my great-grandson whenever my granddaughter’s working.”

That’s right! As well as coordinating volunteers for the Columbia County Library, running the bookstore, and serving as president of Friends of the Library, Betty finds time to keep her -great- grandchild… probably taking the opportunity to read lots of children’s books, cultivating a future Friend of the Library!

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