'I think we're on this earth for each other'
Amy Buckingham of Ionia named May Volunteer of the Month
Volunteer Connections Montcalm-Ionia Counties has named Amy Buckingham of Ionia its Volunteer of the Month for May. Buckingham was nominated by the Ionia Kids Club, with support from the Ionia County Peace Community.
"Amy makes an impact on people everywhere without noticing. She always has a smile on her face and she teaches people to do the right thing," said Heather Beeman of the Ionia Kids Club. "Without her, I would not be the person I am today. I am told every day I am not a normal teenager, because I do not swear or do drugs, but instead I volunteer in gardens and help people in need. Amy has impacted every moment of my life, and many other lives, too."
Buckingham was one of the founders of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration in Ionia County, which led to the formation of the Ionia County Peace Community.
"Amy is always willing to help with any organization that makes Ionia – city or county – better," said Karen Merchant of the Ionia County Peace Community. "Face painting, working on clean-up projects, manning booths, organizing events ... you name it and Amy has done it, and willingly. She truly has a heart for helping and for making a difference."
In addition to the Ionia Kids Club and Ionia County Peace Community, Amy is active in many other community groups, including the Bertha Brock Fall Festival and other Bertha Brock Park groups (she serves as secretary of the park's advisory board).
Learn how you can join Amy in Volunteer Efforts by visiting any of these websites.