Meet & Greet: Wanda Holloway

2019 Holly Springs Citizen of the Year; Town of Holly Springs Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Volunteer; Holly Springs Food Cupboard Board Member and Distribution Coordinator

In her backyard garden, Wanda Holloway, 2019 Holly Springs Citizen of the year, finds peace and tranquility.

Hometown: Alexis, North Carolina

Career: I worked for the North Carolina state government as an accountant and retired after 30 years. My last position was at N.C. State University. Go Wolfpack!

On Volunteering: As a member of the Town of Holly Springs Parks and Recreation Advisory Board for 13 years, I had the opportunity to serve on the steering committee for Sugg Farm and The Mims House.

I’ve enjoyed being a part of the decision-making process to help develop parks and greenspaces for our growing town. I know parks and greenways are an integral part of sustaining a healthy life. Parks are places you can find tranquility and peace. Being in nature, around the trees and birds are all good ways to alleviate stress and help with emotional and mental wellness.

Volunteering at the Food Cupboard for 10 years has been a very touching experience for me. It is a place where I never get tired, because I know my gift in life is to help others in need, and I feel that I’m doing good works there.

On Purpose: When I see stress being lifted and replaced with a smile for families in need of food, or if I go to a park and people are enjoying themselves or exercising, children are playing, dogs are being walked — then I know that my small works are helping humanity and making real differences in the lives of others.

Citizen of the Year: I had no idea it was coming. My heart blossomed. I never would have imagined that I would receive that award. Volunteering is in my DNA.

Holloway is also a professional gospel singer. Read more about her new album on page 65.

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