For more than 17 years Jeremy Walton has been committed to serving his community. Jeremy began volunteering at the age of eight with his mom and aunt. Jeremy has made volunteering a routine part of his life in spite of a packed schedule working at Central Missouri Sheltered Enterprise and a calendar full of practice and competition dates for the seven Special Olympic sports in which he participates.
Jeremy is a regular volunteer with the City’s Crawdads Stream Team, Household Hazardous Waste Collection (HHW,) Cleanup Columbia, Hinkson Clean Sweep, MLK Day of Service as well as volunteering at his church and with the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. Paint consolidation at HHW) Jeremy’s favorite assignment followed closely by liter control. Jeremy literally sprints from the car at HHW he is so excited to get started. He enjoys the friends he’s made through volunteering and has recruited a fellow HHW volunteer to help coach his bowling and volleyball teams.
Jeremy believes, “helping people is the best thing,” and he likes making sure Columbia is litter free and a beautiful place to live. Jeremy is a great example of the two-way street of volunteerism, contributing to one’s community while finding purpose and fulfillment creating memorable experiences and friendships.