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Volunteers in the spotlight

Madi Meeker shares her time and talent

Madi Meeker sits at her desk at Downtown Lock Haven. PHOTO PROVIDED

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of stories highlighting volunteers who freely give their time throughout our area. If you know someone who needs to be in the “Spotlight,” contact Lana Muthler at 570-748-6791 or lmuthler@lockhaven.com. We’ll take it from there.

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LOCK HAVEN — Downtown Lock Haven has many treasures, a beautiful streetscape, a rich history, but its most valuable assets are the people who choose to make a difference in this lovely town. And one of those gems is Madi Meeker, a junior at Central Mountain High School, who picked Downtown Lock Haven Inc. this summer as a place to volunteer her time and talent.

“I must say, we were very lucky the day Madi Meeker came into our office and wanted to volunteer,” stated Downtown Manager Marie Vilello. “Normally over the summer Madi would be volunteering and performing at Millbrook Playhouse, but because of COVID-19 that did not happen. Madi’s mom, Krisy Meeker, is on our board of directors and she asked Madi if she would be interested in volunteering. I was thrilled that Madi said yes!”

“I just assumed that Madi would probably be helping me on the computer and with our Facebook page but when I mentioned that this was what I thought she would be doing, I did not see a lot of interest on her face,” explained Vilello. “I proceeded to tell her that the only other job I really had for her was to clean the office up and organize it and, well, those wide eyes of hers were gleaming with happiness. Who knew that her specialty was organizing just about anything?”

So Meeker worked her magic and with some help from her parents, they transformed the downtown office into an inviting place for the merchants and the community.

Meeker worked in the Main Street office three days a week for three to four hours a day. “I helped Marie organize and man the office while she took her lunch or was talking to merchants downtown. I organized all the Hometown Hero Banners that were there to be picked up and I prepared a list to advertise in the local newspapers.”

Vilello explained that Meeker also helped with the flower pots on Main Street and placed flags in them for the Fourth of July. She also worked on a map of the downtown businesses.

According to Meeker, volunteering makes her feel more involved and has given her an appreciation for the community. “Downtown Lock Haven’s events and programs bring our community together.”

“I would like to thank Krisy and Donald Meeker for allowing Madi to work with us,” stated Vilello. “I don’t think we’ve seen even half of what this young lady is capable of…I see Madi Meeker going places!”

Meeker responded that in the future she would like to attend Lock Haven University for her general education courses and hopefully attend Penn State University for her major. “As far as what type of work I want to do in the future…I am open to many opportunities that may come my way.”

Downtown Lock Haven, Inc. promotes the promise of Lock Haven with the focus on revitalizing the downtown through community and economic development programs. For more information about the agency and the many volunteer opportunities available contact 570-748-1576 or email dlhmanager@lockhaven.org. Downtown Lock Haven Inc.’s website is www.lockhaven.org and you can find them on Facebook at downtownlh and Instagram at downtownlockhaven.

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