Sharon A. Walker
“For unto whom much is given, much is expected” is the adage Sharon A. Walker lives by. For years, she has shared her enthusiasm, passion and talents with organizations serving youth and older adults throughout Zionsville and Boone County.
Thinking back, Walker can’t remember a time when she wasn’t involved in community service; her family made volunteering a normal part of life early on. “I didn’t know any other way,” Walker explained. Her family made sure she was embedded in the community in multiple ways – including church, school, local businesses and within her own neighborhood.
This sense of community has led Walker to develop a belief that all organizations are service oriented in some respect. Helping local organizations and the people who benefit from them is what motivates her to volunteer – she doesn’t know what her life would be like without it! She believes volunteering and focusing on communal issues helps to overcome perpetual problems like high crime and opioid abuse.
Walker’s community involvement reaches far and wide in Boone County. She currently serves on the Boone County Purdue Extension Education Board as President and is part of the Chapter Membership Committee of Salem United Methodist Church. She’s involved with Friends of Lebanon Library, Lebanon Lions Club, Traders Point Christian High School and the Zionsville area planning commission.
As a volunteer, Walker splits her time between youth and older adult focused organizations. She’s an avid volunteer for the Boone County 4-H’s Horseman without Horses program, which teaches non-horse owners how to safely approach a horse and ride. When she’s not volunteering there, you can find her at Boone County Senior Services, Inc. (BCSSI), helping provide a better quality of life for older adults. “I love that she truly cares about both ends of the life spectrum and looks for ways to serve in both realms,” said her 100 Heroes nominator Anita Bowen.
For those wanting to get involved, Walker advises to “identify a passion and then match your talents that lend themselves to volunteering in those areas.” As Walker continues her path of helping the young and the old, she hopes her community realizes how special it is. “Central Indiana has the attitude of heartland, business acumen of east coast and the unique deep sense of caring of the south. If you smile and act cordial, you get that back in return. What you send out is what you receive.”