PEPPERELL -- The members of PACH (Pepperell Aid from Community to Home) celebrated the long and varied volunteer efforts of Joan Ux on March 2 at the senior center.
Joan has been a member of PACH for almost 20 years and has selflessly assisted any Pepperell person who needed help. Whatever the problem, Joan always worked tirelessly to either provide the solution or to refer the client to someone who could provide the assistance needed. PACH members were thrilled to be able to honor Joan for all her years of work with the organization.
About 55 people turned out for the event, including members of the PACH board and town Selectmen.Joan was presented a plaque to honor her years at PACH. She also received a beautiful bouquet from the PACH board.
Anyone who knows Joan understands how deserving she is of receiving accolades for her volunteer efforts. Joan is a quiet person who just gets the job done. She teaches by example. She has trained many of the current volunteers to do some of the jobs she took on as her responsibility. For many years, Joan coordinated most of the activities at PACH.
These responsibilities include instituting PACH as an outlet for the USDA Food Program and starting the Fuel Assistance Program in our town. Those two jobs were very important to the growth of PACH. Joan was office manager, pantry food coordinator among other duties and she did all of this, quietly, unnoticed and very efficiently. When Joan was ready to retire from PACH in a management position, she was replaced by seven individuals.
Joan and her husband, George Ux, have been married for 63 years and have lived in Pepperell for 58 years. They have three sons, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Together, they have worked tirelessly for the benefit of the town.
Joan still volunteers at PACH one day a month and on "an as needed basis" if someone is out sick.
PACH recently purchased a new building and after renovations it will be our new home to serve the families of Pepperell. Joan Ux has been an integral part of the growth and success of the PACH organization.
Pepperell is an extraordinary town where neighbors help neighbors, and everyone is valued. The people of Pepperell donate their time, food for those in need and open their checkbooks to help buy numerous turkeys at Thanksgiving. Pepperell would not be the caring place it is without the help of volunteers like Joan Ux. Pepperell is so grateful for all the years she has helped PACH.