Volunteer service honored with Governor's Lifetime Achievement Award
ROSEBURG, Ore. - For his decades of volunteer service, Fred Smith is being recognized with the Governor's Lifetime Achievement Award.
"I don't do it for the awards," Smith said.
Smith's volunteer service began at the age of 15 when he enlisted in World War II.
"Well what mostly made me volunteer was that there was domestic violence in my home," Smith said. "It got to a point where I couldn't take it anymore."
What he experienced during his childhood has echoed throughout his life. Smith has dedicated the last 20 years to CASA, Douglas Cares and a number of charitable organizations in Douglas County.
"I feel like every childhood deserves a home and a happy childhood," he said.
Some of Smith's favorite memories are helping out with the Special Olympics and helping parents clean up to care for their own kids.