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Shelter volunteer steps up amid pandemic

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Kimberly Powell of Cobbs Creek, has been volunteering at the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society for over three years now and has selflessly taken on additional responsibilities at the shelter to ensure all pets’ needs are met since the pandemic began.

Last March, GMHS allowed only staff to enter the shelter and asked volunteers to stay home due to the spread of COVID-19

When April came around, Volunteer Manager Waynette Petty contacted some of the shelter’s volunteers to see if they would be willing to volunteer during the pandemic. That’s when Powell stepped up to the plate.

“I was more than ready,” said Powell about being able to volunteer at the shelter again.

Powell originally began volunteering in the shelters “cat mall” on Wednesdays and Thursdays. She was asked by the shelter to volunteer on Mondays and Tuesdays for two very important jobs.


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