10/08/2012 03:17AM ● Published by Style
Photos by Dante Fontana, © Style Media Group.
After Roseville resident Janet Zeitman retired from a career as an elementary school teacher 20 years ago, something was missing.
Her own children were grown, and she missed the social interaction of her teaching days. “I needed a way to get out and be in the community, to see what other people were doing,” Zeitman explains. She began volunteering her time for a variety of local groups, including after-school tutoring programs and Habitat for Humanity. In 1992, she and her husband drove to Florida to help with Habitat for Humanity’s rehousing effort following Hurricane Andrew; the experience made Zeitman even more aware of the positive impact she and other volunteers could make on people’s lives.
In addition to spearheading an oak tree planting campaign at Sun City, for the past three years Zeitman has volunteered her time at the Roseville Utility Exploration Center, educating children about the importance of recycling and the conservation of water and electricity. Last year, she won the Sylvia Besana Community Volunteer Award, but for Zeitman, the best reward is the enjoyment she gets from working with the children who come to the Center. “I love being with kids and seeing their excitement when they’re learning something new,” Zeitman shares.
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