Volunteering is deeply imbedded into Stacey Walker's identity.She's been volunteering in some capacity for a third of her life.It began at a young age when Walker attended a high school wherevolunteering was required.

“You had to volunteer for a certain amount of hours and that wasjust instilled in me to do that and continue that,” Walker, boarddirector at the $182 million XCEL Federal Credit Union inBloomfield, N.J., said.

Walker sees it as a way to say thanks and give back for all thepeople who contributed to her development. “People have poured intome from childhood until now. From family members, teachers tovarious professionals, they themselves volunteered. They thoughtenough of me to say I'm going to pour into this lady, I'm going togive her advice, I'm going to coach her and mentor her. I'm goingto work with her and give her a chance and an opportunity, and Ifeel like I need to give that back,” Walker emphasized.

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