Benevolent APWU Member, Gloria Adams

by Phil Barnhart

Humble, driven by her awareness of the needs of others, Gloria is not only a volunteer, but is also a Humanitarian who is willing to act to relieve the suffering of others and to restore and promote their dignity. Her benevolence has earned her the "Tom Wess Service Award" for 2015.


Gloria began volunteering in 2004 after she read an article in the paper about Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly. In her eleven years as a volunteer Gloria has participated in holiday events, birthday parties, birthday visits, summer outings, winters outings, as well as being a visiting volunteer, a nursing home visiting volunteer, a telephone reassurance volunteer, and recently took on the role of coordinator of the telephone reassurance program.


Sensitivity, caring and awareness are traits that Gloria brings to the elderly that she has befriended since 2004: Doshi, Minnie, Junior, Ernestine, Thelma, and Marcie to name a few. Not being able to improve on the conditions that some of the elderly face has been a constant challenge to Gloria. However, through her faith, hope, and determination she constantly demonstrates the power of love, friendship, and greatness through her ability to stay.


Retiring from the Postal Service after a 40 year career has not slowed Gloria down. She is mother of Devon Williams, and active walker and a Court-Appointed Special Advocate for Pro-Kids.


Thank you, Gloria, for what you have given to the Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly. We are proud that you are one of our own, as well as an example, not only to all Postal employees, but to all people.


To quote Martin Luther King, Jr., "Everyone has the power for greatness, not for fame but greatness, because greatness is determined by service.


You Can Help!


Little Brothers can always use more volunteers. Another way to help Little Brothers is to become a member of the Kroger Community Rewards Program. Kroger will donate a portion of your sales receipt to Little Brothers. This will not affect your Kroger fuel points! To help, simply go to the Kroger website, then to the Community Rewards section. The code is #83275. This will be a tremendous help in assisting Little Brothers in its mission to help ease isolation amongst the elderly.


Members Wanted!

If you know of a member of the APWU Greater Cincinnati Local that is worthy of recognition for their work in the community, please contact Phil Barnhart or Mike Funk with the details.