Hometown Heroes: Pam Wicks uses volunteering to connect more deeply

  • Pam Wicks standing outside of her Concord home. ALLIE ST PETER—Monitor Staff

  • Pam Wicks standing outside of her Concord home. ALLIE ST PETER—Monitor Staff

  • Since arriving in Concord in 2011, Pam Wicks has taken on many roles. ALLIE ST PETER / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 12/17/2020 8:49:47 AM
Modified: 12/17/2020 8:49:37 AM

From fundraising to education, sports or theater, Pam Wicks has done it all as a volunteer in the Concord community.

Although she may be best known for her former role on the Concord School Board, this year Wicks is effecting change as a volunteer with the nonprofit organization Hearts for Kindness, which is working to provide financial assistance to Concord residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wicks joined Hearts for Kindness three years ago as secretary of the board, and has been taking on more responsibilities at the nonprofit since then. Since COVID-19 started, one of their main focuses has been on raising money to help families pay rent and buy groceries, especially those who are unemployed due to COVID-19.

“She has been dedicated to the community and school system,” said Brenda Perkins, the founder of Hearts for Kindness, who nominated Wicks to be recognized as a Hometown Hero. “Her commitment to volunteering and helping our community is tireless. I admire her and I am blessed by her dedication to my nonprofit.”

Wicks moved to Concord in June 2011 with her husband and three sons. It wasn’t long before Wicks, who is a stay-at-home parent, began taking on volunteer roles in the community. She is currently on the board of the Concord Trust for the Enhancement of Public Education, a nonprofit that helps fund education projects at public schools. She’s the secretary for Concord Northeast youth baseball and softball league, and a member of the PTA at Broken Ground School. She’s also volunteered for RB Productions Theater Company, and served a three-year term on the Concord School Board from January 2017 to December 2019.

“There’s nothing more rewarding than being involved in your community,” Wicks said. “You see so many people doing great work, and it makes you really proud to be a part of the community that you live in.”

Although many of her board meetings now take place via Zoom, Wicks’s dedication to volunteer work hasn’t wavered.

So far this year at Hearts for Kindness, Wicks and the other volunteers have raised funds to buy a service dog for a boy in the community. They also purchased some gas cards for a woman who needed to drive her granddaughter to get medical treatment in Salem. They purchased craft store gift cards for a family that needed supplies for remote learning. They also buy grocery cards for families and provide financial assistance for rent and utility bills.

Wicks says the goal of the organization is to fill in the gaps by helping people with things that may not be covered by social services.

“We’re sort of that last resort,” Wicks said. “You just need that extra money to finish that car repair. They come to us and we can help.”

Soon, Wicks will be organizing holiday shopping for local kids, providing gifts and wrapping supplies to families who need it. Last year, Wicks says Hearts for Kindness shopped for 17 families. This year, with the pandemic impacting so many people’s livelihoods, she is anticipating they will be shopping for many more.

“I love this community, and so being able to do all these things for our community makes me really happy,” Wicks said. “Especially during this crazy, crazy year, I feel still connected to a community when we are in a situation where we can’t be connected in person.”




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