Someone to help
Beth Wheelock Tallon
January 4, 2013
This entry is written by Carrie Kulinski, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Janesville.
Picture yourself driving down a busy Janesville street on your way home from work. You see a woman in a wheelchair struggling to cross the street because her wheels are stuck in the snow. You think to yourself, I should really pull over and help her…..then your thoughts turn to the time crunch you are in to get home to get your daughter to dance class. You think, I’m sure “someone” will help her…..I hope “someone” will help her, and drive on.
It was the end of the workday for me and my daughter had already sent me a text asking when I would be home. I came out of the building and saw the woman in the wheelchair struggling to cross the snowy street. It took me about 10 minutes of moving the chair and repositioning the woman but we got the chair free. I pushed her across the street and she said she could take it from there. I was happy to help, since my mother was in a wheelchair the last few years of her life and knew those chairs were not easy to push in ice and snow.
I posted the encounter on my Facebook page later that evening and received many comments from friends on what a good person I was. I was just doing the right thing. I was at the right place at the right time to help someone in need. That day I was that “someone” to help out.
As the Executive Director of a non-profit, I see what a caring community Janesville is. People come into the club every week bringing donations of snacks, books, games, time, services and money. Let’s face it: the club would not survive without the community support. All of our local nonprofits need community support. We all need that “someone” to help out.
I’m proud of this community, we always seem to pull together and help those in need. Sometimes we might need others to help out if we are not able to, that’s ok, because one day you will be at the right place at the right time and be that “somebody to help”.