Paying it Forward: Eddie Allen

Volunteer of the Week EddieName: Eddie Allen

Current employer or place of business: The Gardner School of Arts & Sciences

Organization(s) I volunteer with: Leadership Clark County; Humane Society of Southwest Washington; The Gardner School; Girlfriends Run For A Cure; Be a Santa to a Senior; Southwest Washington Elder Abuse Prevention; Share; SWCA; Clark County Mural Society; Living Hope Church.

How I got involved: I grew up in a family business in Camas that was very involved with giving back to the community. In 1995, I started volunteering at the Humane Society and I loved it! I’m been volunteering for causes that I’m passionate about since then.

Why I give back: Life is an echo. “Every time you put something positive into the universe, the world changes. Your kindness invites miracles to show up, not just in your world, but in the whole world.” – unknown 

Proudest moment as a volunteer: Singing Christmas carols with my dad at different adult care facilities in town for the Jingle Bus Choir a couple of years ago. My dad is in a care facility and I’m his legal guardian, so to share this with him was a special moment for us.

What local challenge or issue are you most passionate about? Dad was a victim of elder abuse and financial fraud, so causes that protect vulnerable adults, children and animals.

Just for fun: What are your hidden talents? I’m really good at walking.

“Paying it Forward: Volunteer Businessperson of the Week” is sponsored by Pacific Continental Bank.