2013 ESL Jefferson Award Winner: Lynda Bailey

Posted at: 05/01/2013 2:00 PM
Updated at: 08/29/2013 12:52 PM
By: Lia Lando

Lynda Bailey has five kids and 11 grandkids. She's use to being busy and at 74 years old she has no plans of slowing down anytime soon. “I go to bed at night and I feel good about what I've done that day."

Bailey graduated from the Wharton School of Finance in 1958. Her resume is full of more than 50 years of volunteer services from Planned Parenthood to the Council of Adoptive Parents to the Perinton Volunteer Ambulance Corp., the list goes on.

Today she volunteers at Safe Journey, an organization helping victims of domestic violence.

"We're a very small organization and what she does for us really should be a paid position." Alli O’Malley, CEO of Safe Journey, says they wouldn't be where they are today without Lynda. “She is always there. She is so dedicated and there is nothing she wont do when it comes to helping the women at safe journey.”

Lynda says she feels good about being a part of an organization that helps so many women dealing with domestic violence. “A lot of people think that domestic violence only happens to other people or happens to people in the city. Domestic violence can happen in the suburbs, can happen to people in very wealthy neighborhoods can happen to stars."

While Lynda spends most of her time behind the scenes at Safe Journey, her hard work is recognized everyday. O’Malley said, “She's quietly in the background handling finances in very responsible way and wonderful to be able to count on someone like that. It really is a God sent! She is a God sent.”

But Lynda just feels like she is doing what God wants her to be doing. “We are here to take care of ourselves, to take care of our families to take care of people who need help. Nothing happens in this world unless you take a risk and getting outside of your comfort zone is taking a risk but when you do that and you do branch out and feel like I made a difference, that risk just disappears."

And she urges you to get out and make a difference in the world too.