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Why I Give: Stories on Volunteering, Giving Back (Heather Fixler)

Members of Heather Fixler's Cub Scout den. (Photo courtesy of Heather Fixler)

When people hear “Superwoman,” the words justice and strength may come to mind. This cherished comic book character positively affects the lives of those she encounters, but who’s to say she isn’t real? This is the third article in a four-part series that shares how four superwomen change lives and take on unique, yet rewarding, challenges as they offer their time as community volunteers.

There’s Always Time

Finding 12 hours each month to volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America as leader of a wolf den might seem intimidating, but Heather Fixler does it graciously.

“I was always taught that we all have a responsibility to participate in the growth and well-being of our communities,” said Fixler, a program manager at the National Center for Telehealth and Technology. “We all use community resources and we need to help maintain them. That includes the emotional well-being of members as well as the physical [community]. There’s always time.”

For the past 10 years, Fixler’s den has reforested an overdeveloped area in her community. Every year she watches a new group of second grade boys plant more trees and admire the work of past members.

Every day, Fixler reminds herself of the reason she gives so much of her time to the wolf den — her children.

“It’s important to me that they understand how to contribute in an unselfish and meaningful way,” said Fixler. “Also I want them to be happy and volunteering can give you a sense of purpose and belonging, which can be powerful for your mental health.”

Comments (2)

  • I was a member of the 209th MP Co. And we participated in the boy scout Jamboree, it was one of the best times I had in the Army, handing out badges and Patches at our Display!

    • Thanks for giving back to your community and sharing the positive experience!

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