Volunteer of Year Award - Finalist
Grove City Cancer Thrift Shop, Columbus Cancer Clinic
For 49 years, proceeds from the Grove City Cancer Thrift Shop have helped cancer victims, first through the American Cancer Society and more recently through the Columbus Cancer Clinic. The independent, nonprofit store at 3684 Garden Court is open five days a week and staffed entirely by volunteers such as Betty Lewis, who opens the store for 20 hours a week and spend many hours beyond that preparing donations and consignment items for sale. Through its efforts, which include recycling ink cartridges and working with several store rewards programs, the group has donated more than $1 million to the clinic, the oldest free cancer clinic in the United States.
Kathy Lynn Gray is a freelance writer.