When I read Breathing Room by C.A. Rollins on the Opinion and Reflection page of the Nov. 21, 2018 edition of the Washington County News, I stopped to reflect on the opening line. “Fill in the blank: I am___________”. At this point in a long life and having lived all over the world, I skipped across the myriad of choices available to me and quickly narrowed the list to present day experiences.
In my present position, I serve all of Washington County, Virginia, as the executive director of the Community Center of Abingdon. As such, my first priority is the Meals on Wheels program, which is not government-funded at any level. It operates on donations, and donations are dependent on publicity. It’s a priority because in so many cases, it means quality of life and even survivability to the more than 100 recipients who are 80 percent homebound and disabled.
For obvious reasons, it makes no sense to spend the unlimited resources on advertising. Doesn’t that simply tell the donor that the funds aren’t needed?
When I read the cited article by Rollins and began to dwell on my answer, what quickly came to mind were the truly great articles on the center by one of the very best writers I have had the pleasure to know: Carolyn Wilson. Washington County News provides an outstanding service to the residents of this county, and Carolyn Wilson knows how to make the stories worth reading from start to finish. She came by one day more than a year ago to write a story about the center, stayed to write it about Meals on Wheels instead, and fast became a “friend” and someone whose talent I admire.