Q1: Which organization(s) are you a part of?
NK: I’m involved with many! For example:
- Co-Founder of North Georgia Animal Partnership
- Co-Founder of Claws for Paws
- Chieftain’s Museum Past Board Member
- Chieftain’s Plant Sale Chair
- Leadership Georgia
- Heart of the Community Past Board Member
- Rome Floyd Chamber Board and Executive Committee
- St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Finance Chair
- Chair- Rector Search Committee
- Chair Building Renovation
- Senior Warden
- Loaves and Fishes
Q2: What does a typical day look like for you?
NK: I work full time at Knight’s Car Store and Garage, which is the local business I own and run with my husband, Jack. My volunteer time is a priority for me, so I fit it into my schedule either before, during or after work hours. Now that my three children; Ford, Katherine and Cliff; are grown, it is easier for me to be flexible with my time.
Q3: What is the most fulfilling part of your work?
NK: Well, selfishly, I have to say that I absolutely love the people who volunteer alongside me. We just have a blast! And hopefully we do some good in the process. The friendships I’ve formed while working for a common cause is such a gift!
Q4: What is your favorite memory or story from your volunteer career?
NK: Many years ago, Marion Shaw and I co-chaired the Chieftains Museum Herb Sale. We were notorious for staging a plant sale in horrendous weather. One year, we were setting up under a tent in front of the museum, and the police had to stop and tell us a tornado had been spotted in the area. Of course, we took shelter in the museum, and once the storm passed, we went outside, bailed water and resurrected the tent! And of course we laughed until we cried!
Q5: WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO PEOPLE WHO SAY THEY DON’T HAVE TIME TO VOLUNTEER?
NK: Volunteering is all about finding your passion and what you have to offer. If you are giving your time to something that matters deeply to you, it will be so rewarding. You truly receive more that you give. Time is a matter of the mind: if it is important to you, then you will make the time for it.