FPH resident Donna Heck, retired United Methodist minister, can be found volunteering almost every day. She blesses many organizations in town with her endless energy. At First United Methodist Church she is involved with the choir, the Ringers & Singers bell choir, serves as a Sunday School song leader, makes hospital visitations, and helps with Vacation Bible School. Mondays find Donna in the Surgical Waiting Area at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, serving patients and family members. On Tuesdays and Fridays, Donna is at Churchwell Elementary School. The former Volunteer of the Year is a much appreciated helper in the school library, processing new books, mending damaged books, and checking in/out books. Through Polk County RSVP, Donna reads, leads book discussions, and tutors students twice a week. She also chaperones field trips for McKeel Central Academy.
Donna also finds time to volunteer on campus with her friends and neighbors. She was the driving force behind the resident pictorial directory, assists the marketing department with various events, leads Sunday evening Vespers as needed, and much more.
All in all, Donna estimated that she spent close to 1600 hours volunteering in 2013, almost the equivalent of a full time job!