When the clergy person at Sonny Carter’s church announced that she was retiring, there was a loose end that needed tying up. Her seat on the Westminster Community Center board hadn’t expired yet, so a replacement was needed before she could leave. Sonny Carter decided to take over the seat and hasn’t looked back since. Six years later, Sonny is now the president of the Westminster board. He has also recently signed to serve as president again next year.
“I knew Westminster would be a good organization to be involved in,” Sonny explained. “I was right about that.”
Sonny works closely with the Christmas Outreach Program that Westminster offers. In previous years, he was responsible for driving the box truck to the stores the Center would shop. He assists with arranging food baskets and passing them out on the day of distribution.
“Helping with the Outreach Program is my favorite event,” Sonny noted. “I remember a lady
telling me once that if it weren’t for Westminster, her family wouldn’t have Thanksgiving. Those
moments make all work worth it.”
Anytime help is needed, he tries to attend because he understands that the need is so large.
After the holidays are over, Sonny volunteers at the Center in a variety of ways and with
Day of Caring. He has also assisted with cutting down damaged trees to ensure the area stays in good shape.
“Sonny Carter has a servant’s heart,” Jeff Kundert, Westminster Community Center Director, added. “He has made a great impact on Westminster and our community as a whole!”