Daily Point of Light # 2740 Aug 5, 2004

Betty Ann Hauser is a volunteer for Amen Food Pantry, the American Red Cross, the Magnolia Hospital Auxiliary, Project Homestead, the Salvation Army, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency along with other organizations. Ms. Hauser not only serves the community through the agencies, but she also recruits others to become volunteers in the community.

Ms. Hauser helped form the Amen Food Pantry, which serves the entire county. Several churches had their separate food pantries; however, Ms. Hauser met with all the church leaders and suggested combining their resources to serve the entire community. Thus, the Amen Food Pantry was formed. While serving at the pantry, Ms. Hauser recruits volunteers from churches, schools, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Brownies and other organizations.

Ms. Hauser also works at the Magnolia Hospital as a “Pink Lady Volunteer.” She helps people locate clients in the hospital. She also makes craft items for the hospital craft store. Ms. Hauser also takes it upon herself to recruit retired men and women to come in and serve with her. Ms. Hauser has received a pin for contributing in excess of 3,500 hours of volunteer service.

Ms. Hauser serves at her church by teaching religion classes to the youth. She has also been a mass choir leader and youth choir leader for several years. As a Red Cross volunteer, Ms. Hauser spent three weeks in New York after the tragedy on September 11th. She impacted the lives of many families there with her compassionate words and listening ear. Last year, she spend three weeks in Texas helping with the Flood Disaster and three weeks in California giving aid to those who were being affected by fires. Because of her time with the families there, she still keeps in contact with some. Ms. Hauser has also helped locally in Mississippi. She collects food and clothing for those who have been victims of house fires or floods.

Ms. Hauser also serves with the Salvation Army. She has been an active supporter of the Back to School Program and has purchased school supplies and backpacks for children whose families were not able to afford them. She has also helped with Christmas baskets that benefit the entire family. Ms. Hauser has also set up time for scouts to earn their service badges by having them help at the Amen Food Pantry.

Ms. Hauser has also represented Kappa Kappa Iota Teaching sorority club on the Corinth Area Arts Council for seven years, trained classes for CPR and community first aid certification and trains new volunteers for the Magnolia Hospital Auxiliary. She is a Community Disaster Education Instructor, a Shelter Operations Trainers and is an avid supporter of Project Homestead.

Before retiring from her career as a Real Estate Agent, Ms. Hauser served on the State Board of Realtors and the Four County Board of Realtors. She was instrumental in solving business problems both on a state level and locally. Ms. Hauser works to serve the poor and vulnerable. She always takes care that the dignity of the recipients is protected, and they are respected as brothers and sisters in Christ.