Volunteer of the Week

Name: Mark Ferry

Age: 34

City: Cosmopolis

Volunteer’s activities: Mark volunteers as a mentor for Grays Harbor County out of the Olympia Mentor Program office. Mark works as an inventory forester and enjoys spending time with his family and riding dirt bikes.

This volunteer is special because: “Mark has been a mentor in the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration program since July 2007. Since that time, he has had two mentees. Mark is very dedicated to the youth he mentors. He inspires his mentees to give back to the community by involving them in local volunteering efforts that benefit others,” said Major W. Harris Jr., the mentor program coordinator. “There is also time for fun, as Mark is a motorcross enthusiast and often takes his mentee to events. Also, he has been known to take his mentee to the public library to conduct research for a school assignment. Regularly, Mark makes the trek from Aberdeen to attend our meetings and events that are held in Olympia. He has been an active advocate for mentoring in Grays Harbor County, speaking at various forums on the benefits of mentoring. If Mark is unable to attend one of JRA’s events, he will call me and request transportation for his mentee so he is not left out.”

Volunteering is important to this volunteer because: “I think it’s important to volunteer because it sets a good example for my daughter that there are things you can do to help others,” Ferry said.

Ferry will receive a plaque from the Volunteer Center and KGY Radio, courtesy of Deer Creek Awards, a division of Color Graphics.

This article was written by volunteer Julie Propp. The Volunteer Center provides volunteer services to people of all ages. If you would like to nominate a volunteer, call 360-741-2622, or download a nomination form at

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