Russell Evans has a laundry list of where he volunteers.
Evans volunteers with Buffalo Bill Kiwanis Club, Habitat for Humanity and the citizenship award program, he helped build amenities such as the Connection Homeless Shelter’s playground equipment and elementary school’s buddy benches. He gives back to Habitat for Humanity and an area food pantry and rings bells for the Salvation Army at Christmastime.
Thursday, Evans helped build a wheelchair ramp for a 10-year-old boy, after the boy’s occupational therapist reached out to Evans and fellow North Platte volunteer, Chuck Scripter.
“Back when we lived in Mullen, back in the ’80s, I got involved volunteering at the ambulance there for 20 odd years,” Evans said. Working 60 to 70 hours a week at a local telephone company, the ambulance was his “night shift,” he said.
“Growing up in a small community, if you’re going to have certain services available, that can only happen if people volunteer their time.”
In 2008, Evans and his wife moved to North Platte to be closer to kids and grandkids, who live in Kearney and Colorado. He said that volunteering gives him a sense of purpose.
“I think I probably gain more from my volunteer efforts than I give,” he said.
In his nomination letter, Bob Lindemeier highlighted many of Evans’ efforts.
“He does all of this with a smile and humility,” Lindemeier said. “He embodies the Gospel of Jesus to love one another.”