The Volunteer: Sarah Ann Parsons, a real estate agent with Prudential Preferred Properties in Severna Park, has been extremely active in the county's YWCA since joining in 1981. She has served on the board of directors for two consecutive three-year terms and was board president from 1984 until 1986. She is now vice president of public relations.
A resident of Pasadena and member of Mount Carmel United Methodist Church, Mrs. Parsons also is active in the North Shore Community Association, is vice president of community affairs for the Greater Pasadena Council and is past president of the Junior League of Annapolis.
Dolores Bail, executive director of the YWCA, had high praise for Mrs. Parsons' work on behalf of the YWCA: "During Sarah's presidency, the YWCA opened its domestic violence shelter and established the volunteer development, financial development, public relations and strategic planning committees," she wrote.
The committee, with Mrs. Parsons in the lead, developed a capital campaign that ended with the YWCA moving to a new building in Arnold.
Volunteer's comment: "I just have a lot of respect for what the YWCA is doing. I became a member to do some activities and meet people. I came around to believing in what they're doing and in what they're supporting in the community. The people involved are dedicated and committed to what they're doing and to doing it the best possible way.
"We have a lot of wonderful, truly dedicated volunteers that make the programs work, as well as the staff that is just unbeatable.
"We work at Ruth Parker Eason School, providing day care for the children who are there. We have a family support center, there's a teen infant care center at Meade High School, a parenting program, counseling on domestic violence. There are just a lot of different programs . . . a lot of things that the YWCA is involved in.
"The [women's] shelter came about around the time I was president, I worked hard on that. I feel like that was a very worthwhile project."
About the organization: For more information about the volunteer opportunities or the programs offered by the YWCA, call 626-7800.
"Volunteer Spotlight" is compiled by Kevin Harrison. To recommend someone, call the Anne Arundel Bureau, 315-8911, VTC any time or fax information to 315-8916 or mail it to: The Sun for Anne Arundel, 8131 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena, Md. 21122.