A volunteer can be anyone, from a member of a civic organization to a firefighter; from the person who cleans the church alter to the neighborhood teen who helps carry your groceries.
Volunteers come in all shapes and sizes and many go unrecognized within the community.
Each year the Exchange Club of Cleveland honors a volunteer who is not always recognized for the outstanding work they do in helping others.
“This year all of our nominees were outstanding,” said Exchangite Denise Strub, who chaired the committee. “But all on the committee agreed one was a true ‘unsung hero’.”
The 2013 winner of Cleveland’s Book of Golden Deeds, the National Exchange Club’s longest running project, was Peggy Davis of Merigold.
Davis, a member of the Exchange Club, is the executive director of the United Way of Cleveland-Bolivar County.
“Peggy guides and mentors all the volunteers of the United Way and often takes up the slack in their fundraising efforts,” said Strub, who added this year the United Way went above its fundraising goal.
“Whenever a friend is in need or an activity needs to be organized, Peggy is there. She never asks to be recognized for her efforts but she is always there to help in any way she can,” Exchangite Debbie Maxwell, who hosted the program.
“Her enthusiasm motivates,” she added.
David is the current Exchange Club of Cleveland secretary and a past club president.
She is a graduate of Cleveland High School and Delta State University, where she was a member of Phi Mu Fraternity.
She is a member of First Baptist Church in Cleveland, where she sings in the choir.
In addition to constantly being on call to help with the United Way and Exchange, Peggy is also an advisor for the Delta State Chapter of Phi Mu, on the board of the Bolivar Medical Center Foundation and supports the Central Delta Humane Society.
She and her husband Pemble are regular visitors to Africa.