Portales resident has 32 years of volunteer service

Sidney Phillips has been a resident of Portales for 32 years and is president of the auxiliary at Roosevelt General Hospital.

What other volunteering work have you done? This is a long time ago, but I used to work for the Chamber of Commerce, and we would always do a trash walk. I’ve lived here for 32 years, and I’ve always volunteered for different things.

What is the best thing about your volunteering experience? We see so many people, and we help them make decisions. We sell lots of gifts to them, too. We really like it because we have bought six wheelchairs for the hospital. Right now we are in the process of getting a lighted sign for the hospital to have out front.

Would you encourage others to volunteer? If so, what would you say? Yes, we need volunteers. We only work three hours a week. Most of our volunteers are 70 or older. We have very few younger volunteers. The older volunteers are here because they have retired. We really need young volunteers to take our place!

Do you have a paying job right now? No, I just volunteer. I used to own a ladies’ store in downtown Portales, but I’ve been out of business for 12 years. I’ve been volunteering since then. The main thing about volunteering here is that I see a lot of ladies that I used to do business with.

What’s your favorite holiday? Why? I like Christmas because my kids come home.

What do you like about spring? Well, I don’t like the wind! I just like it because it’s warmer and I can get outside and work in the yard. I like to cook outside, too.

What was your favorite toy as a child? I had a Shirley Temple doll. I believe it was one of the first ones, too. I’m not sure what happened to it, though.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else but Portales.

— Compiled by PNT Correspondent Carrie Pendleton.