Winchester woman volunteers time to New Beginnings

Published 10:07 am Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Sue Anderson just can’t stop working.

She retired from Verizon/GTE as a supervisor and manager. Then she went back to work somewhere else. And somewhere else.

“The fifth time I tried to retire, I said, ‘That’s it,’” the 25-year resident of Winchester said.

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Anderson is still working, whether its babysitting her two grandchildren or volunteering at New Beginnings, a crisis pregnancy and family support agency in Winchester.

“I think a friend introduced me to New Beginnings,” she said. “I came on the board 10 or 12 years ago. Now I’m just a volunteer and I like that best.”

The days Anderson works are seldom the same.

“I come in and I answer the phone,” she said. “I greet the clients, I put up supplies — whatever needs to be done, because it’s giving back.”

Giving back to the community is one of her primary motivations, she said.

“People ask me all the time, ‘You don’t get paid for this?’” she said. “There’s so many people who don’t give back and (volunteering) makes me feel good.”

New Beginnings is a place she gladly serves.

“I have a passion for children and babies,” she said. “I grew up in a large family. I think if we can make a difference and change a mindset of young women, that is a good thing. “

It’s not just about helping young mothers anymore. A lot of grandparents are raising their grandchildren these days, and many need help.

“I was here Tuesday and a grandmother came in and needed items for her grandchildren,” Anderson said. “She said, ‘I can’t tell you how much I appreciate this.’

“This woman was my age or older. I told her, ‘That’s why we’re here.’”

There are a lot of scenarios that bring families to New Beginnings.

“We say we are an organization that helps families and children whether by a parenting class, a Bible study, just listening or maybe they need something,” she said. “We have a presence in the community … that can help moms and dads be better moms and dads. We try to tell people we love them and we’re here. We hope we make a difference.”

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