County recognizes work of St. Vincent’s volunteer
Multi-talented volunteer Socorro Holloway can do everything from managing nonprofit finances to helping Spanish- and English-speaking people get the help they need.
This month, the Jackson County Board of Commissioners recognized her with the Jackson County Community Service Award for June.
“I thank you for this, and I am so grateful,” Holloway said during the award presentation held via videoconference.
Holloway has volunteered for St. Vincent de Paul for 21 years. She started as a counselor doing home visits in the evenings and on weekends. After she retired from her career in business and banking, she started counseling those who come to the nonprofit for help, according to St. Vincent de Paul.
As a social services counselor, she helps those in need of rent and utility relief, medical and dental help, eyeglasses, help getting identification, clothing vouchers and food.
In the aftermath of the 2020 Almeda and South Obenchain fires, she also helped people who needed to find shelter, including in motels and RVs.
Her bilingual skills mean she can assist a broad spectrum of the community.
“I am glad that we are able to help a lot of the families and individuals who find themselves in need of some sort of assistance. It is a great feeling for us to know that we can make a difference in many of the people’s lives,” Holloway said.
She said the fires highlighted the importance of the work being done by St. Vincent de Paul and all its volunteers.
“We are a family. I love everyone over there and I respect them,” she said. “But this award actually should go to all St. Vincent de Paul volunteers because it is not a one-man job.”
In addition to helping people directly, Holloway has handled financial reporting and volunteer recruiting and reporting for the organization. She has served as president of the individual conference, and later as the president of the entire Jackson County Rogue Council of St. Vincent de Paul.
She led the organization through turbulent times, and has represented St. Vincent before many governments, foundations and other nonprofit groups, according to St. Vincent de Paul.
In 2017, Holloway and her husband Bill, now deceased, were recognized with the Len Hebert St. Vincent de Paul Award for that year. The honor is recognized throughout the St. Vincent community by those who serve in it, the organization said.
An avid hiker, Holloway has climbed Machu Picchu in Peru and Mount Fuji in Japan, and has hiked the Camino de Santiago route from France to Spain. She enjoys snowshoeing in the winter.