SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — WFXR News is celebrating remarkable women in our communities this month. This Tuesday, we introduced you to Jane Johnson, who believes that when a community gives you so much, you give back.
As WFXR News’ Amanda Kenney shows us, that’s exactly what she’s doing.
Johnson may not admit it, but she is a remarkable woman.
“I don’t think of myself as particularly remarkable, I’m sorry, I just… Now, I will admit I feel like I’ve had a remarkable life, I do,” Johnson said.
She’s devoted that life to giving back to her community, tallying up thousands of community service hours over about 25 years.
When WFXR News caught up with Johnson, she was collecting coats for the Rotary Club of Salem.
“It’s very gratifying when you can help someone else,” said Johnson. “I just think it comes back to you tenfold.”
She’s also given back as a member of Salem’s City Council; the Salem Fire Department’s Citizens Academy; and through her business, R.M. Johnson & Sons Jewelers.
“I have found that you can get kind of creative in that,” Johnson explained. “You can certainly raise a lot of money with a focus on certain causes and that just seems to be something that we’re called on to do.”
Johnson found her passion for community service through her late husband, Bob.
“We were truly soulmates and the reason I was so attracted to him was because of his giving heart and how much he did for others and very very caring, generous person.”
Her husband’s legacy and generosity continues through the work of Johnson and their two sons to always find a way to give back.
However, Johnson hopes to inspire others to get involved, too. She encourages contacting your local government or getting involved with the PTA.
“Figure out what your passion is, what you’re passionate about,” recommended Johnson, “and if you need help, come walk through that door right there and I’ll be happy to help you.”
That’s just the kind of remarkable woman Johnson is — willing to help anyone who needs it.