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Sep 28 2016

Volunteer Sees How Giving Back Changes Lives

By Jennifer Meshanko for The Island Connection

Joe Davis likes to volunteer in the Food Room at Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach. (Photo by Maria Gurovich.)

Joe Davis likes to volunteer in the Food Room at Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach.
(Photo by Maria Gurovich.)

Joe Davis, an Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach volunteer, found his passion for volunteering after his retirement four years ago.

Davis was born in Atlanta and lived there for 68 years. He studied chemistry at the University of Florida, served three years in the U.S. Navy and obtained his MBA from Georgia State University. He spent the majority of his career in the retail business, specializing in newsstand and gift shops in North American airports. He held the positions of head of operations and vice president of business development at W.H. Smith, which later became Hudson News. During his career, Davis flew 2.5 million miles and visited 120 airports. When Davis was ready to retire, he and his wife, Donna, moved to Folly Beach.

He enjoys playing golf and going to the beach every day to swim, but he also enjoys giving back to the community.

He volunteers at the Charleston International Airport with their Airport Ambassador program, which assists travelers with directions, advice and information. At Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach, he volunteers in the food room.

His wife and friends from church first introduced him to the Outreach. He likes volunteering because it’s easy, there is no pressure and the clients are grateful. Joe is able to witness the programs impacting lives. “It is rewarding to see people in great need still have a positive attitude.”

He encourages those who are interested in getting involved to make that initial contact and give volunteering a try.

Volunteer Spotlight is a column in The Island Connection highlighting members of the community who give their time to help others. If you know of a volunteer who deserves the spotlight email If you’ d like to get involved with Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach and make a positive change in someone’s life contact contact Jennifer Meshanko via phone 843.559.4109 or email

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