Clark native gives back to honor late mother
Published 8:58 am Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Brett Cheuvront is always ready to volunteer.
In fact, the Winchester native has a hefty list of causes and organizations he helps, from Clark County CARES, an animal rescue program, to Clark County Community Services and Operation Happiness.
Each organization does something different to benefit the community, from distributing food and clothes for Christmas to hosting animal spay and neuter clinics.
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“We had over 100 cats spayed and neutered, which saves thousands of other lives,” Cheuvront said of a recent Clark County CARES clinic.
One of his major causes is helping the Clark County Homeless Coalition, which operates a long-term shelter that helps people work their way out of homelessness and rebuild their lives.
One of the organization’s major fundraisers is the annual Serendipity tea and brunch, where Cheuvront serves as guest auctioneer.
“My favorite part is being the auctioneer,” he said. “I can be funny and I’m not shy about getting in front of people.”
It was probably that lack of shyness that led to Cheuvront being asked to be the auctioneer for the first event several years ago, and has led to him coming back year after year.
“It has become an annual thing for me,” he said. “I always say each year is going to be my last. I want to go out on top.”
His involvement volunteering for CCHS in other capacities was born of that auctioneering gig, he said.
“It rolled into volunteering at night when they did the emergency shelter,” he said. “I volunteer at Wainscott Hall, painting and things.”
He also served as one of the announcers of this year’s Turkey Trot, a 5K to benefit Clark County Community Services.
Volunteering, he said, is his way to help causes in the community where he grew up. As importantly, Cheuvront gives back to honor his late mother’s memory.
“I don’t have a lot of money, so I can’t write checks, but I can give of my time,” he said.
After his mother passed away 10 years ago, a grief counselor suggested volunteering as a way to remember his mother, Cheuvront said.
“This is kind of in honor of her,” he said. “I do little things that … few people know what I’m doing.”
Cheuvront, who works as an administrative coordinator for The Greater Clark Foundation, said his job affords him the opportunity to volunteer during the week and work days, when many volunteers are at their job.
“I volunteer wherever I can,” he said. “I enjoy helping people.”