CHARLESTON -- Kathy Hummel has been chosen as Peoples Bank & Trust’s Volunteer of the Quarter.
Hummel's volunteer work includes being a member of PEO for the past 28 years, serving as president, vice president, secretary, yearbook producer and newsletter chair.
At Wesley United Methodist Church, Hummel has sung in the choir for 34 years and has been the VBS crafts director for 13 years. She has served as the Sunday school superintendent and as a teacher. She is a participant in the Basket Ministry program that delivers care packages to homebound members. She helps organize the church’s rummage sale, which funds youth community work in Appalachia.
Hummel also serves on the Five Mile House Foundation board, organizes visits by Charleston's fourth-grade classes to this historic landmark each spring, and is co-editor of the newsletter and Facebook page for the house.
In addition, Hummel serves as an Eastern Illinois University Academy for Lifelong Learning advisory board member and as the academy’s Hospice Care Choir organizer and manager.
Hummel is a Master Gardener and has written monthly articles for the local newspaper for 19 years. For the past five years, she has been the organizer of marigold planting for 200 first-graders from Carl Sandburg Elementary School. The children pot their seeds during the end-of-the-year field trip at Fox Ridge State Park. She has also organized the Master Gardeners spring plant sale for seven years.
She has been a regular volunteer at the Coles County Habitat for Humanity ReStore for the past three years. Prior to the store opening, she organized their annual rummage sale.
Hummel also is a member of the Drama Study Club, takes piano lessons, and is assistant editor of the German Gun Collectors Association’s magazine.
Previously, Hummel was a tutor and pen pal at Carl Sandburg school, where she had taught for 30 years. She has organized the third-grade Greenwood School Christmas program in which the children pretend they are attending a one-room school in the 1930s. She was on a committee to promote city-wide recycling and is a member of 100 Women Who Care philanthropic group.
Hummel and her husband, Dick, have hosted fundraising open houses at their country home for CASA and the Charleston Carnegie Public Library.
Peoples Bank & Trust is honoring Hummel with a donation to the Five Mile House and has placed her name on a plaque that is displayed in the bank's lobby.