Georgia Harris Krueger

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Location: Davidson, NC
Founded: 1994
Industry: Nonprofit

Georgia Harris Krueger
Executive Director

Ada Jenkins Center

Ada Jenkins Center is a health, education and human services agency. Its offerings include a free medical clinic, a free dental clinic, a youth education program and crisis assistance programs, including a food pantry and a free clothing store. “It’s very hard to walk in and ask for something, anywhere,” says Georgia Harris Krueger, executive director of Ada Jenkins Center. “But because we’ve been around for a long time and the building has been around since the ‘30s, the community is familiar with us.”

Quick Tip: “People need to follow their passion and recognize that the most important thing is relationships.”

At Ada Jenkins Center, student volunteers have the opportunity to explore their chosen career paths up close, whether they happen to be interested in education, healthcare, dental care or social work. At the same time, retirees serving as volunteers can experience activities they may not have been able to participate in before, or use their talents from their careers to help others. “Volunteering can change perspectives and create bonds of friendship that otherwise would never have happened,” says Krueger. “Younger volunteers have the opportunity to learn the importance of philanthropy and giving back to your community. Often, we have no idea of the real impact the center has on a volunteer, but we know it improves their quality of life, just as it improves the quality of life for the residents.”

In addition to her leadership at Ada Jenkins Center, Krueger is active in her church. “I greet people at church and I do the announcements,” she says. “I’m on the leadership team and help pastors with their long-term planning.”