Stillwater News Press

February 28, 2014

MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE COMMUNITY: Woman makes volunteering her profession

By Justin Tate
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — NAME: Marcia Karns

AGE: 61

VOLUNTEERS: Skyline Elementary School

DAY JOB: Professional volunteer

What she does

Karns, who calls herself a professional volunteer, has recently donated her time to Skyline Elementary School where she helps in an art class. Karns said she goes in once a week, normally Thursdays, to help around the classroom.

“I’m there to make things happen and to get things set up for the next class,” Karns said.

Karns said she also enjoys volunteering at the Stillwater WONDERtorium. She helps kids play and learn.

“That has been one of the most satisfying things probably I’ve ever done,” Karns said. “It meets a real need.”

Why it’s important

Karns said she thinks giving back to the community is important despite how cliche it may sound.

“I love Stillwater,” Karns said. “I think it takes everybody to make it work. It’s a community, and community means taking care of each other.”

Karns’ family has been in Stillwater for almost 30 years. Karns said a community has to work together in order to thrive and volunteering is essential to the process.

“It’s about finding our passion, what we really get excited about,” Karns said. “I guess mine would probably be kids, doing things for them.”

How you can help

Karns said Stillwater is a great place to get involved because there are many places to volunteer your time like the United Way or the Chamber of Commerce. Karns said there are opportunities for those who can’t find a good fit with an organization.

“I think a good place to start is at your church,” Karns said. “Find a young mother that just needs some time. Go read to a kid in school. There are so many volunteer opportunities out there.”

Nominate someone

Volunteers are valuable members of the Stillwater community.

If you know someone making a difference in the neighborhood, we’d like to hear about it.

Send an email to or call 405-372-5000 and ask for Managing Editor Chris Day.

“I just think it’s important to give back to the community, where you live,” Karns said.