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A&B Pharmacy staff volunteer at the recent RAM event. Pictured, from left, are, Nicole Allen Carter Anderson, Christina Bryant.

Amazing volunteers do exist in Emporia-Greensville and their impact is extraordinary.

During the recent Remote Area Medical (RAM) visit to Emporia there were more than 400 volunteers from Emporia-Greensville and surrounding communities on site at Greensville County High School.

Co-owner of A&B Pharmacy Carter Anderson didn’t realize just how vital volunteering at RAM was for his late grandfather Spencer Anderson.

“When my grandfather took ill, not being able to volunteer at the RAM event that was coming up was the only thing on his mind,” Anderson said. “At that moment is when I knew volunteering for RAM is a tradition that will remain.”

RAM recruits and supports volunteers for the operation of its mobile medical clinics. The number of RAM volunteers choosing to spend their time helping others has increased the last two years. The first RAM in Emporia was in 2017.

Everything Ram has done locally and throughout the state has been made possible by the compassion of volunteers. Over the years more than 80,000 people have volunteered with RAM. Many volunteers of other RAM events were people right here in the Emporia community while others traveled a distance to help those in need.

People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it may provide a opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. Regardless of motivation, what unites them all is that they find it both challenging and rewarding.

FeedMore volunteer Karen Dingus was helping RAM for at third consecutive year. It began when Dingus’ daughter was a nursing student and needed clinical hours. Dingus chose to tag along and help out as well. What she didn’t know is that she would be overcome by the impact it had on her.

“Seeing so many people helping others that are desperately in need took my breath away,” she said. “It was so moved from my first experience that I decided to continue to volunteer each year and be a part of the mission.”

There is also another set of volunteers. Each morning RAM clinic Core Volunteers arrive early and prepare for the day’s events.

They set up their section of the clinic, meet their new teammates and strategize with RAM Clinic Mangers. As the volunteers arrive, the Core Volunteer for that clinic section provides an orientation of how the area will flow for the day. They also manage the area over the course of the event.

Giving back to your community is valuable in itself, but helping others also offers many benefits. For instance, it can help you learn more about yourself and even put you on a path to your future career.