CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. –More than 60 years ago, Richard and Nancy White fell in love. In 2002, they fell in love again, this time with the people they help as volunteers at Chambersburg Hospital.
“We were high school sweethearts,” said Richard White, a high school senior in Bellows Falls, Vt. when he met Nancy, who was a junior. This year marks their 60th wedding anniversary.
Richard, a retired school principal, began volunteering at Chambersburg Hospital in 2002, and his wife, still an active violinist, joined him shortly after.
“If you like to meet people, even just being a greeter can help make a difference,” said Nancy, who spends much of her time helping out at the front desk. “I love saying hello and talking, and maybe making a lonely person’s day.”
Richard, who works as a messenger and mailroom volunteer at the hospital, thinks they’ll continue volunteering for a long time. When he explained, he thought of his wife. “Sometimes people just want to talk, and Nancy is sympathetic, and empathetic.”
As Valentine’s Day nears, couples around the country are trying to find tips to a long-lasting marriage, but Richard and Nancy think they figured things out a long time ago. To them, marriage revolves around one word – compromise. “You have to learn to compromise, and you have to be willing to share,” said Nancy, whose husband nodded in agreement. “Compromise, and don’t resent doing this,” explained Richard.
This seems to have done the trick. After many years living in Vermont and New Jersey, the couple retired to Shippensburg in 2001. And, although they are both retired, Richard and Nancy were ready to get started on their next adventure together – giving back to the community.
For more information about volunteering at Summit Health, including how to apply, click here or call (717) 267-7142.