Greta Greenwade Jones
Class of 1982
Originally Published: Tuesday, April 08, 2008 in Kentucky New Era
Jones receives award for her volunteer work
From staff reports
Hopkinsville native Greta Jones had to wonder why her daughter Jerrece was asking her so many questions about her volunteer work.
The 21-year-old UK student was compiling the information to nominate Jones for a state award for outstanding lifetime achievement. Jones received the Governor’s Citation of Excellence from Gov. Steve Beshear last month.
“It is a high honor to have the governor’s recognition,” Jones said. “Jerrece said over the course of her life she’s seen me work in so many areas of the community and she wanted to nominate me.”
Jones, who works with a state agency licensing and regulating foster care and group homes in Western Kentucky, does have an extensive resume of volunteer work for the last 25 years of her life.
One of her greatest passions is volunteering with the American Red Cross. While others were hunkering down during the last big storm, Jones said she was on the move.
“They called me at midnight and I went to Oak Grove to set up a shelter,” she explained. “There were a lot of children there and we set up cots for them.”
Jones is also involved in the American Cancer Society as the team captain of her church’s Relay for Life team, and she is a hospice volunteer.
“A lot of times they want you to read the Bible with them, other times they just want someone to listen to them tell the stories they’ve told over and over,” Jones said of her hospice work.
She also participates with the Good Samaritan program at First Street Baptist Church.
In addition to her volunteer work, family is important to her. Jones has two daughters, Jerrece and Brandy Jones, 27, and twin stepdaughters, Rochelle and Michelle Jones, 28. She also has two “god-given” daughters, Kenya Grant, 13, and Mary Thomas, 20.
Jones hopes she can influence others to volunteer in their communities.
“My motto has been if I can help someone, my life is not in vain,” she said. “There are many, many organizations in this area and they all need volunteers to operate.”
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