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Local Hero: Kalispell couple dedicates endless time to volunteer work

By Rebecca Vogt, KCFW Reporter, rvogt@kcfw.com
Published On: Mar 27 2013 08:18:33 PM MDT
Updated On: Mar 28 2013 09:33:05 AM MDT
KALISPELL, Mont. -

Continuing our local hero series are Kalispell couple Randi and Clay Colby. The pair share almost 50 years of combined volunteer work, assisting kids in and around the Flathead.

If you sit down with the Colbys, they'll tell you they don't consider themselves 'heroes.'

"There's an expectation that you give back to your community," said Randi, "We're just ordinary people, I guess, helping your community."

But the Colbys' friend Janet Holter says the couple never tires. You can find them volunteering to drive a bus, start a youth group, or participating in Big Brothers, Big Sisters. That's why she nominated them for NBC Montana's Local Hero.

"They truly do it because that's who they are as people," said Big Brothers, Big Sisters' Beth Delaney. "They're just amazing, genuine, good people. Every day it's just nice to know that they're out there."

Delaney said the Colbys are a major part of their organization. Randi's been a 'Lunch Pail Pal' and Clay's a 'Big Brother.'

"[Randi] just has a heart of gold. She's very involved in the community. So much that I don't even know where to begin," continued Delaney. "They're just great people who do good work not even to be recognized."

"It's just kind of rewarding that you are making a difference in somebody's life," Randi said. "[It's] reaffirmation that what you're doing is a good thing."

Delaney said it takes a lot of dedication to support a 'Little Brother,' something that Clay takes to heart with his current match, Hunter.

"You have to put your time there and be involved and not say you're going to do something and not do it," explained Clay.

The Colby's encourage other folks to be local heroes as well. After all, it just takes some time and a little heart.

"There's some organization, some individual that can benefit from your time, your experience, and just your mentoring," said Randi.