‘Volunteer as much or as little as you want, but volunteer,’ award-winners say


By Catherine Gabe - cgabe@civitasmedia.com



Photo by Catherine Gabe | Wellington Enterprise

Volunteering for Main Street Wellington keeps Donna and Harold Sumpter busy and engaged in the community where they have lived for more than 40 years.


When help is needed, Donna and Harold Sumpter are often the first to offer their time.

The couple was just named Main Street Wellington’s Patricia J. Lindley Volunteers of the Year.

Their giving spirit prompted the organization to award the Sumpters in memory of the late Lindley, who was Main Street’s first director.

“I don’t know a nicer person than Donna Sumpter and when she puts her mind to do something she just gets it done,” said Patti Young, outgoing board chair.

The same can be said for Harold, whom Young said “is just one of those guys that can do anything. If something is broken he can fix it, if something needs to be done he gets it done. Main Street Wellington calls him our go-to handyman.”

The couple has been married 47 years and has been active with Main Street for the past 14 years.

They have taken on numerous jobs with the Gazebo Garden Walk and the Heritage Cheese Festival. “Coordination of funds, calling volunteers, follow-up calls, thank you notes, meetings, driving here and there, picking up stuff and always answering their phones when I call,” Young said, rattling off their list of tasks.

The Sumpters are known for running The Stable back in the 1970s, which was a safe, fun place for teens to gather to listen to tunes on the jukebox or hold dances.

Donna helped at the schools as a reading mother and started the senior citizens bus program. Harold was captain of the police auxiliary for 16 of the 25 years he served. He also served on village council for 12 years, the cemetery board, the hospital board, and on Kiwanis. He is an outgoing Main Street board member. Today, he helps deliver Meals on Wheels.

Catherine Gabe can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @ReporterGabe on Twitter.

Photo by Catherine Gabe | Wellington Enterprise

Volunteering for Main Street Wellington keeps Donna and Harold Sumpter busy and engaged in the community where they have lived for more than 40 years.

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Photo by Catherine Gabe | Wellington Enterprise

Volunteering for Main Street Wellington keeps Donna and Harold Sumpter busy and engaged in the community where they have lived for more than 40 years.

By Catherine Gabe

cgabe@civitasmedia.com