By Tyler Wojcik ‘24

For 14 years and counting, Mr. Bill Gleeson has volunteered at St. Germaine working and helping out with the annual fish fry. Mr. Gleeson likes to say that it is his small way of giving back to the parish.

Mr. Gleeson said, “Always look to help and you will feel better. You do not need a pat on the back to do the right thing.”

Not only does Mr. Gleeson love the hustle and bustle, he enjoys the guys he works with as well. He enjoys all the fun laughs with Mr. McNulty, Mr. Ruzich, Mr. Malone, Mr. Moran, Mr. Finn and Mr. Donnelly. They are all a part of the St. Germaine Men’s Club and enjoy giving a helping hand.

Volunteer helper Pat Bridgeman said, “I love helping out and giving back, and I have a fun time doing it as well.”

For Mr. Gleeson, the joy of volunteering went beyond the tasks at hand. It was about the connections forged, the memories made, and the sense of fulfillment that came from knowing he was making a difference, however small it may seem.

Volunteer Mrs. Gamboa said, “I volunteer annually at the Our Lady at St. Germaine (OLSG) Fish Fry, motivated by a deep commitment to my family’s church home and a desire to support its essential social services and child-focused programming. This commitment allows me to give back to the church and community, setting a powerful example for my children about the importance of consistent involvement and support for our church. It underscores the significance of active participation and presence, showing that even when attending weekly services isn’t feasible, there are meaningful ways to contribute.”

For Coach Gleeson and other volunteers, the true reward is not the recognition, but in the simple act of giving back and making a positive impact on the lives of those around them.