No rest for this retiree!

September 5, 2013 at 8:36 am

Duane Fay gets made up as a woman as part of the fun for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Many Independent Business Owners look forward to the time when they can retire from their day jobs and maybe do a little volunteering in their communities. IBO Duane Fay, who had to retire because of a disability, has taken that idea to the max, donating his time and talents not just to one or two organizations, but six!

“If I didn’t keep busy I’d probably be sitting on my couch watching TV,” he kids.

His first volunteer gig was at the University of Wisconsin, helping out with his former job in maintenance, which he continues to do.

For the past six years, Duane’s been involved with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, serving in many capacities. “I’m a cancer survivor, and I believe in supporting the Cancer Society’s goal of making cancer so treatable that it’s not a scary word anymore,” says Duane, who also helps out at a cancer support group.

Then there’s his involvement at Foundation Bible church, where he helps with annual rummage sale, clothing giveaways, and children’s fair.

I really appreciate seeing the faces of the people I help and knowing how thankful they are. – Duane Fay

Next up are the Boy Scouts, where he’s Cub Scout leader for a troop of kids who come from underprivileged families. At the local Historical Society, you’ll find him sitting behind the desk every Wednesday from noon to three during the off-season.

As if that weren’t enough, a couple of times a year he takes families from his church – and pays the way for others who couldn’t afford it – to the Wilderness Water Park in the Wisconsin Dells.

And his eyes are always open for more opportunities to help. “Volunteering is a great way to meet new people,” he notes. “And it makes you feel good, too.”


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