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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 16, 2018

Davis helps herself by helping others

By Xiomara Levsen | Jul 17, 2017



It wasn’t too long ago that Genie Davis was a painfully shy person. She recalls walking around with her eyes facing the ground, not daring to look at anyone. She also recalls it was through her helping of others that she learned to help herself.

Davis remembers when her life changed for the better. The change didn’t happen overnight. It all started when a friend of hers was injured and, with the sight of other people giving of themselves, Davis thought, “I need to be doing this.”

“They were doing anything and everything,” Davis said. “They brought food. Some of them built a ramp. People just came by and helping out with what needed to be helped with. Deep down inside I knew that is who I was. I knew I’m a go-getter.”

Her first experience with volunteerism came during the annual Relay For Life of that year. She just walked up to the track and started walking. The event clicked with Davis because she had just lost her sister, Barb Curl, to cancer. She saw all the involvement with the committees. As the work to Relay for Life began building up the following year, she joined the committee.

“It was exciting being able to help plan the activities and the whole day,” she said. “It was awesome.”

Davis went on to be chair of Relay for Life.

Last year, Davis worked a great deal when it was learned the annual RAGBRAI bike ride was going to stay overnight in Washington. She was a member of the entertainment committee.

Recently Davis has organized a prom for special needs people, which took about two months to plan. She said the event was a great success, citing that more people than expected showed up and the kitchen had run out of food.

With the annual Washington County Fair coming up, Davis plans to volunteer to work in a food tent.

Davis also was captain of a team in Relay for Life. She also volunteered to help the Washington Chamber of Commerce on its committee that hosted Flightline Live during Summer Classic this year.

She said volunteering is a great way to get out into the community and meet people. Davis said once she started getting active with the chamber, she had also gotten her sister to volunteer. Davis said she is thankful to get her sister out into the community.

During the annual Washington Chamber of Commerce/Main Street Washington/ Washington Economic Development Group banquet, Davis was honored as the chamber’s volunteer of the year.

“That was amazing,” she said. “I didn’t expect it. I was overwhelmed. I didn’t know when Jaime (Carpenter, former chamber assistant director) state that the person taught her to drive the gator, I knew it was me.”

When asked about her coming work, she said that she is beginning to work with the Leadership Washington committee. Davis also talked about helping with the Stony Scott benefit to assist Scott’s family with funeral costs. She said Scott had been a lifelong friend and she wanted to do anything to help.


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