Repairing homes is just one of the many ways community volunteer Sam Shehane paints an example of service in the Columbus community.
After the shelter she was working at was flooded, Shehane invested her own money into opening another shelter.
For more than a decade, Shehane has committed herself to serving others. Her passion is to motivate and inspire others to have a love for serving the needs of their community. But to Shehane, service is deeper than the eyes can see.
“It’s more than just mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. It’s helping them find themselves and their inner strength,” Shehane said.
Shehane takes her work helping the abused and those in need further than just providing shelter. Through her work in several crisis centers and charity organizations, Shehane helps domestic violence victims mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. She even helps them find jobs.
Along with her work at women’s shelters, Shehane works with Habitat for Humanity and is also an active member of the Muscogee County PTA. Whether it’s planning events, helping with holiday gift-wrapping, or hosting parties for local students, Shehane works to improve her community for everyone.
“I see the pay it forward aspect. I see the good feelings that it gives to others, especially the youth,” Shehane said.
The mother of three believes volunteerism has the power to end poverty.
“If we can have the will to end poverty, we can have the will to do other things that are needed,” Shehane said.
Shehane’s strong work ethic and commuinty focus help her continue to bring kindness and positivity to those in need in the Chattahoochee Valley.