Broome County Council of Churches Breakfast Honoring Volunteers

lives of commitment "Honored of the Council" Gene Banick.

the Broome County Council of Churches prepares for its 23rd Lives of Commitment Breakfast. Two individuals and a group of teenagers who volunteer their time to help others in the community will be honored on May 5th.

“It’s a feel-good event. People feel more inspired to be more civic and to volunteer for something,” said Sue Spencer, director of the council’s Faith in Action Volunteers program.

“I don’t think people realize what good is going on in the community,” she said.

“I sincerely believe that those of us who are advantaged have an obligation to help those who are not,” said “Council Laureate” Gene Banick.

“We who are capable have a moral commitment to those who are disabled,” he said.

The 83-year-old retired CPA has transitioned from serving on the Council of Churches board of trustees to “hands-on” activities like driving people to medical appointments and helping with groceries.

Why does he do it?

“Satisfaction,” Banick said, “not only mine, but to be satisfied with the knowledge of the satisfaction and good feelings that come from those we serve.