Story by Rachel Mills
Martha Rigling was about to turn 80, when a friend, Ginny D’ercole, brought her along five years ago to volunteer at PORCH. The PORCH folks thought that was marvelous, and threw her a birthday party.
Martha and her husband Richard, a school superintendent, had retired to Chapel Hill because, like many, they were looking for a warmer climate, and Florida, where they first thought to go, “just didn’t seem right,” Martha remembers. When her daughter, already living and working hereabouts, suggested they come to Chapel Hill, they found it perfect. “We love it here,” she says.
It wasn’t long before she began to look around for opportunities to meet people. A book group, a monthly neighborhood gathering for “empty nesters”, and other activities keep her in good company, but PORCH is, she insists, the best of all.
“I can’t wait for that second Monday and Wednesday each month. The work PORCH does is amazing,” she says, “and so well run. It’s like everyone just comes in and knows where to be and what to do, and they do it.”
“Plus,” she adds, “I meet so many nice people each time…this month, I met a new volunteer and now…” she grins, “I’ve met you, too!”[Read more…]