Volunteer – a person willing to take on a task, project, or responsibility and receive no pay.
Janet Sledge certainly fits the definition of a volunteer and is an extremely active one as well. Her most recent community service was to Buckner Children and Family Services, assisting with their largest fundraiser, the annual Sporting Clays Challenge. Monies raised from this event help support programs for area children. Mrs. Sledge also volunteers for the Longview Habitat for Humanity Women Build project. Habitat for Humanity is a Christian housing ministry supported with donations and volunteer labor. The organization is dedicated to helping families in need of decent housing build and buy a home of their own. She serves on the board of the Adopt A School Partnership of Longview. This organization promotes increased involvement between the local community and our public schools to enrich and support the educational environment in Longview. Junior Achievement of East Texas, a youth development organization, and AlleyFest, Longview’s annual downtown summer festival, also benefit from Mrs. Sledge’s volunteer commitment.
“One person can truly make a big difference in the lives of many people with just a little effort,” Mrs. Sledge said. “There are so many worthy organizations and causes in our community in need of volunteers.”
Born in Linden, Texas, Mrs. Sledge has resided in Longview for 18 years. Her family moved to Mt. Pleasant, Texas, when she was two years old and Mrs. Sledge graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School. She is a vice president in operations at Texas Bank and Trust and has been with the bank 15 years. Mrs. Sledge is a member of Financial Women in Texas, an organization dedicated to the future of those in the financial services industry. She and her husband, David, have been married 28 years and have two adult children. The family attends Alpine Presbyterian Church.
“I love the small-town community feel of Longview and being able to volunteer and see the results right here in the local community,” Mrs. Sledge said. “It’s rewarding to work alongside other volunteers for a common purpose.”