Occupation: Community Outreach Liaison, New Life Pentecostal Church of God in Christ
Why does she stand out?
Elaine Capers has been volunteering for more than 40 years. A resident of South suburban Riverdale, she presently serves as a community outreach liaison for New Life Pentecostal Church of God in Christ. Her role entails helping out whenever and however she can at area hospitals, assisting families during bereavement and celebrating births.
Capers also participates in New Life Pentecostal’s Mission of Hope ministry. The ministry provides food and clothing for the homeless.
According to Capers, her most significant accomplishment as a volunteer is hosting an annual community health and back to school fair where she along with sponsors, provide school supplies for local children.
Moreover, Capers volunteered with the Thornton Township Food Pantry and distributed food to the homeless and less fortunate for seven years.
Outside of volunteering, Capers has been an educator for 30 years. A self-proclaimed lifelong learner, she is learning to swim after 50 years of reluctance.
by Thelma Sardin