When Brinda Stanley was younger, her family home burned down and her father was sent to a burn unit in Portland. It was then that Stanley found out what volunteerism means in Wallowa County.
"Someone took clothes all the way to Portland for my father to come home in," she said, "and they found a house for us to live in and furnished it."
Stanley, of Joseph, said she never made a conscious effort to volunteer. People just started asking her to do things and one thing led to another.
On Nov. 8, a sold-out ceremony with 500 in attendance at the Portland Art Museum honored Stanley's years of volunteering to help others.
The non-profit group SOLV selected Stanley for a citizenship award in the individual category.
A fourth generation resident of the county, Stanley's list of activities is long and varied. Her job at Wallowa Resources is Outreach and Office Manager. When the lumber mills closed, she helped talk ranchers into donating meat to the food bank in Wallowa. She oversees the Warm Hearts, Warm Homes program, which supplies firewood to elderly in the county.
At the county fair, she is a superintendent. She coordinates the Wallowa County open horse shows in June and July. She serves as chairman of the Committee for Citizen's Involvement for the city of Joseph.
She is a long standing member of 4-H. She is a founding member of the Future Farmers of America Alumni Association and a member of its board since its inception. She is also a founding member of the Imnaha Rodeo Club.
Stanley credits her family for helping her help others, including son Toby who lives in Portland, and her husband, Del, who tells her he should get some kind of reward for all the shoe soles he's worn out doing volunteer work.