Lori Lambright has spent much of her adult life volunteering in the community, whether it be for civic organizations like Communities in Schools, or for her church, St. Simons Community. An employee of Sea Island for 17 years, Lambright currently serves on the American Cancer Society Victory Board, and is a Tiny Town volunteer at the community church.
In the past, Lambright has given her time and talents to Golden Isles Arts & Humanities; American Cancer Society; Scrambling for Cause, the multiple sclerosis golf tournament; Hospice of the Golden Isles; Communities in Schools; the community church; Oglethorpe Point Elementary School; Glynn County Parks and Recreation and the Brunswick Blessing of the Fleet, among others.
As her family dynamic has changed, so has the way in which she volunteers.
“As my children have gotten older, I have had to become a more ‘day of’ volunteer, instead of serving on various boards and planning events,” she said, adding that she’s become a bit of a conduit for local organizations. “With my job, I am able to connect with people from all over the country who ask about how and where they can donate to our local community. In saying that, we have introduced part-time residents to Communities in Schools, Victory Board, Operation Bed Spread, Skylark, (the) Hello GoodBuy store, etc.”
Leadership is a team effort, and Lambright says it means using the word “we” instead of “I.”
Her parents, she says, set the example early.
“They were always present,” she said. “My father might have been late a few times, but he learned to coach Little League in his dress pants and tie.”
Lambright said when she volunteers for any organization or event, she draws inspiration from those who are being helped.
“I do believe that volunteering is a great example of how simple acts of kindness and time can make a big difference in your community,”
she said, adding that satisfaction comes from a job well done. “At the end of the day, knowing a difference has been made for the betterment of others.”
She also passed on some helpful advice she received long ago.
“We are all potentially a few moments away from needing help,” she said. “So while you are able, help.”
The highlight of her community work so far has been helping raise awareness about various community organizations that need volunteers and/or donations.
“Also, I am one heck of a raffle ticket salesman,” she laughed.
In the future, Lambright plans to continue to lend a hand where she is able and support the community.
Her favorite motto should put any doubters in their place.
“Don’t let the blonde hair fool you,” she chuckled.