Herkimer County Honorees
Barbara Goodson was born in Herkimer County and has lived in New York her entire life. Barbara currently resides in Mohawk. She worked for 20 years at a large company in the accounting department. Barbara has three children, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Barbara volunteers for numerous community organizations. She works in the Food Sense Program. She is a member of the RSVP program. She assists seniors with rides to any place they need to go. Barbara helps seniors with various things such as taking them shopping, taking them out to lunch, and to informational meetings. Barbara has also provided respite to caregivers who need time off from caregiver responsibilities. Barbara also helps with various functions at her church.
Barbara has been volunteering most of her life as she was raised by Christian parents who taught her that you always help someone in need. She said that she wanted to give back to people who lived in her community.
Her greatest reward for volunteering is knowing that you have helped someone. Barbara said that the people she has helped seem happier and feel more secure about their situations.
Barbara believes helping others is what we all should do.
Eileen Tobin was born on December 14, 1941. Eileen is a retired school teacher and has made Thendara her home for many years.
She is active in the following activities in her community: the Food Pantry, the Community van, Red Cross Search & Rescue, St. Bartholomew's Church and a previous member of the Herkimer County Office for the Aging's Advisory Council. For the past 10 years Eileen has traveled the country with the Red Cross Search & Rescue. This includes a 25 day stay in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and an 18 day stay in New Orleans aft er Hurricane Gustav. Most recently she traveled to New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy. One of Eileen's favorite activities is visiting with homebound seniors, bringing them meals and the Holy Eucharist.
Eileen has been volunteering for most of her adult life so that she can help others.
She said that when working at the Food Pantry she strives to gain the trust of the patrons so that they do not feel ashamed to ask for help when they need it.