Hometown Hero--Beverly Dumas

Beverly Dumas
Beverly Dumas

Most people who volunteer give a few hours of their time a week, and that's a lot. But some give more. We found one woman who spends nearly 40 hours a week volunteering.

On any given day during the week, you can find Beverly Dumas at the Live Oak Public Library. When she retired, she was looking for something to do with her spare time.

"I started coming to the library just a couple hours twice a week and I fell in love with what I do," she said. "And the staff here is just so wonderful."

Now she comes five or six days each week for six to seven hours each day.

"We have a lot of people who come in and volunteer four hours a week or something like that, but she has truly turned it into a full-time mission for herself, which is great," said marketing director Christy Divine.

She gets involved in almost everything that goes on at the Library, from checking in books to heading up fundraising activities.

"Beverly brings a wealth of personal knowledge and experience that we were able to tap into and she's game to do almost anything," said library director Christian Kruse.

After raising three children and spending more than 20 years with the City of Savannah, Beverly Dumas wanted to do something for the community that's done so much for her. "It's about giving," she said. "It's not always about receiving. It's about giving back to the community and it's enjoying what you do is what really counts."

For giving so much of her time to make her community a better place, Beverly Dumas is this week's WTOC Hometown Hero.

If you'd like to nominate a Hometown Hero, you can drop us a line at the station: PO Box 8086, Savannah, GA 31412, or email  rwallace@wtoc.com.

Reported by: Ron Wallace, rwallace@wtoc.com