Our newest KEYC Jefferson Good People Award Recipient is Lois Anderson. She has devoted the last 30 years of her life to helping a segment of her community, many may over look.
Now retired, Lois Anderson spent decades as a school teacher, she has also spent decades helping our community's four–legged friends. Lois says, "I really wanted to do something good to help the animals because my dad hunted mink and mink money sent me to college, so now I want to give something back to animals."
She first joined BENCHES in 1980. Lois says,"At that time there was no shelter." She's been on the board for 30 years. Now they have a new shelter and a growing clientele. "It took us a long time to get the facility, and now we got it and it is doing so much good." Lois also volunteers with Therapy Dogs International, a group that trains dogs to help a wide–ranging group of people. Lois says, "All pets have a very special gift, if you are petting or even in the presence of them, it lowers your blood pressure and it makes animals feel better so it's a win–win situation all the way around." She says the key to longevity in volunteerism, is to figure out what you like to do best and find an organization that allows you to do that. She says, "I'll do it as long as I can, as long as nobody throws dirt on me, I'll keep going." That's why Lois Anderson is a KEYC Jefferson Good People Award recipient.