Andrew busy with volunteer efforts

Published 12:47 am Tuesday, September 27, 2011

When asked why he volunteered, Jim Andrew simply stated, “I like to give back to the community.”

Andrew has been giving back for over 10 years, his actions helping countless people from as close as the school down the road to as far as California.

Jim Andrew

Through numerous venues, Andrew has impacted many lives. He has worked for a few organizations such as the Ruritan Club in Winstonville, a disaster-action team for the American Red Cross, the Division of Health Service Regulation and Meals on Wheels. He is on the board of directors as the senior advisor for the Grace Martin Harwell Senior Center. He also has helped tutor young people, helping them learn basic reading and writing skills.

As a volunteer, Andrew said the most impactful thing he has ever done was being part of Meals on Wheels.

“[I] help others in need and those who do not have the means to take care of themselves,” Andrew said.

During natural disasters, Andrew and his wife, Rose, have helped the community for a long time.

“We’ve helped during floods, tornados and hurricanes,” Rose Andrew said.

During Hurricane Irene, the Andrews opened a shelter at P.S. Jones Middle School and helped people evacuated from their homes. Through DAT, Andrew also traveled to San Diego to help locals that had fallen victim to forest fires.

As a senior advisor, Andrew implements and looks over affairs at the senior center.

Andrew is not just a volunteer. He has worked in hotel management. Boating is his hobby. He and his brother built a boat from parts, taking it on voyages.

As a Michigan native, Andrew has fished for perch on Lake Michigan.

His travels are not all business. The Andrews just returned from an Alaskan cruise. Previously, they had visited Alaska.

The Andrews also have two cats adopted from the local animal shelter, where Rose Andrew worked.

Andrew should be known in Washington for the countless acts of selflessness he has shown the community.