Volunteer opens doors for chances to help

From the The Brunswick News

Don Myers knows you don't have to be a full-time resident to realize the Golden Isles is a special place.

Myers, who had lived here part time and moved here full time in 2006, has been involved in many organizations that have contributed to the betterment of the community.

It's a passion that led United Way of Coastal Georgia to recognize him as this year's Coastal Georgia Volunteer of the Year.

"I want to make this community better, stronger and more viable for people," he said.

That's more than just talk to Myers, who is involved in a number of organizations dedicated to preserving land and history, and improving post-high school education opportunities.

Myers played a significant role in the St. Simons Land Trust purchase of Cannon's Point as vice chair of the board and as a member of its development committee.

He had help at home with that one.

"It was a successful acquisition," Myers said. "My wife Susan and I really support their mission. It's a special enterprise."

Myers also serves on the board of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society. His current venture, raising funds to renovate the 1872 keeper's dwelling at the St. Simons Lighthouse, is part of a larger mission.

"It's all about keeping people interested and preserving a special place," he said. "It's our history, and we should pass it on to another generation."

That generation is one Myers hopes to serve as a member of the College of Coastal Georgia Foundation. He serves on its Student Support and Scholarship Committee.

"It's such a great resource, and the impact it will have on this community is great," Myers said.

He is also a part of the United Way Graduation Blueprint team, a community-wide project with the goal of improving high school graduation rates.

Missy Neu, executive director of United Way of Coastal Georgia, considers Myers a valuable asset to the community.

"Whatever you have to do, Myers just jumps right in and gets involved," Neu said.

For Myers, it's just a matter of wanting to help make the community a better place.

"When you think about everyone who can give, it makes it all worthwhile," he said. "It's striking to me that all of these organizations here have strong leadership that allows them to have such an impact on the community.

"It's interesting. A lot of time I spend is just asking people to share the resources they have, like their time, money or talent, with a nonprofit. I've found that people have actually thanked me and others for making it possible to support an organization that they believe in."

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Release Date: 12/3/2012
Source: The Brunswick News

By MEGHAN PITTMAN