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Volunteer Hero Awards Finalists: Education Category

Hello library supporter! Poudre River Friends of the Library has been named a finalist for the United Way's Volunteer Hero award. We are very proud of our contributions to our community -- our volunteers spent nearly 8,000 hours in 2016 to help raise money for our libraries. Our efforts have resulted in donations of more than $700,000 since 2009. 

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Volunteer Hero Awards Finalists: Education Category

We are the third nominee on this worthy list. 

          Thank you for your support    

     Billie Higgins ---

Outstanding Friends of the Library Volunteer

Thousands of outstanding volunteers have spent time with Poudre River Friends of the Library over the years. We would like to highlight some of these folks and their backgrounds and accomplishments from time to time.

Billie Higgins was a long-time volunteer and a board member during Terri Sullivan’s board presidency. She said she was always happy to volunteer for library events whenever called. “I called the volunteers for the book sales for years. Those book sales are hard work.” She was involved in the Library District formation campaign in 2006, and one of her jobs was to write thank you notes to everyone who made a donation.

Billie is a big believer in the importance of saying thank you (“I was raised in the South”), and in hand-written notes. She sent 357 cards and letters last year – pretty astounding, especially when you consider that Billie will celebrate her 89th birthday in March. And, she was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer in 2014 and is currently receiving bi-monthly experimental immunotherapy treatments.

“I don’t feel old except I have slowed down so much,” said Billie. “I always volunteered, from 1983 until I was diagnosed with cancer.”  She has a lifelong interest in literacy and education, and earned a Master’s Degree in adult education at CSU when she was 56.

Billie grew up in Texas, became a young widow when her first husband was killed in the Korean War, and ended up in Fort Collins in the early 80’s. She is known for her positive attitude and her outspokenness. “You have to stand up for what you believe, even if people don’t want to hear it.” She’s always been interested in politics, and has volunteered for many causes over the years including PVH and serving on the Senior Advisory Board.

She is an enthusiastic and eclectic reader, everything from history to romance. These days she reads on her Nook. “The Nook is absolutely perfect for seniors. I can check out all the books I want, return them, all without leaving home.”

 Thank you, Billie for your contributions to Friends of the Library and your community. 


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