The alarm clock rings: its 5:30 AM. Sonya Hodges, mother of 10 and grandmother of 12, is about to start her day the way she always does – by calling a few of her children. Then, she’s off to do what she does best, give back to the community she has such a heart for.
You can always find Sonya volunteering. In fact, she’s been doing it for the last 27 years. Sonya has participated with a number of humanitarian charities, including the Red Cross and the local South Carolina Department of Social Services. While you may hear of her accomplishments with these local organizations, her real claim to fame is the work she has done with the Childs Cemetery.
She first heard of the Childs Cemetery through her mother. Whenever she would ask about the lost cemetery, her mother would tell her it was gone, that “it’s not nice to disturb the dead.” That didn’t stop her. In 2009, Sonya and her son were granted access to the site of Childs Cemetery. The Cemetery is the final resting place for members of the 371st Infantry Regiment 93rd Division of World War 1, including Sonya’s own grandfather. Sonya has helped restore and preserve the cemetery by researching members of the often forgotten World War I Regiment. She places markers to help honor their lives and many accomplishments.
"The People are friendly and I'm a people person. We share our histories, and we get along with each other and help each other out."
Somehow, between volunteering and research, she finds the time to work. For the last two years, Sonya has been a valued member of the PeopleReady team. Sonya’s love for people led her to the hospitality industry and you can often find her behind the concessions stands at local sporting events. She finds her jobs through JobStack because it provides her with all of the details she needs. When asked what she loves most about this type of work, it’s not surprising that she said she loves “seeing people from all walks of life” and went on to share that “The people are friendly and I’m a people person. We share our histories, and we get along with each other and help each other out.”
Sonya let us know that she’s thankful PeopleReady gave her a chance as an “older worker.” In reality, PeopleReady is the one that should be thankful that she chose to work with us. Thank you for all of the work you do for your local community, we appreciate you Sonya!
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