Carroll Merrell, 56, is a member of the Unity Committee that recognizes city employees for their efforts in the community. She works full time as a meter reader service technician for the city of Copperas Cove.
How long have you worked with the Unity Committee?
How did you get started?
We’re put on the committee by the city manager who picks somebody out of each department, but she liked me so much the first year that she approved me for the second year.
What do you do as a member of the committee?
We meet a couple of times a week and we discuss what we can do to get involved in to get the community more active in noticing the city employees doing something more than their job description. We’re trying really hard to get the community more aware of it.
How do you give back to the community as a volunteer?
I’ve been involved in events like the Christmas tree lighting ceremony, where I served cocoa, and at the Safe Trick or Treat Halloween event, I helped hand out candy. If there’s a will, there’s a way. I will be there to represent the city.
Why is the Unity Committee so important to the community?
It really helps boost morale. We don’t get as much praise as we deserve. So, we encourage everybody to paying attention to everyone out there, and even if it’s something you think is so small. The sanitation guy that gets out of his truck to help a lady whose dog got loose, we reward him for being kind. Or somebody locks their keys in their car and doesn’t have a cell phone and you let them use yours, things like that.
What kinds of awards do they receive?
We go to their offices and present them with a coin, gift card, T-shirt or hat and a certificate that’s put into their personnel file. I think it makes them feel great that somebody noticed them and that they count.
Where are you from originally?
Copperas Cove. My father was in the Army for 30 years and he came to Cove in 1960. We lived overseas in Okinawa, Japan, for four years but I’ve been here from elementary school.
Tell me about your family.
I’m a full-time single mom and grand-mom and have raised two children by myself for the last 27 years. My children are Michelle Denise Carroll, 30, and Brian Daniel Merrell. He’ll be graduating from high school this year.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to fish, I garden and work on my yard and actually I made Yard of the Month a couple of years ago. I’m usually a routine person. Saturday is laundry and cleaning day, and Sunday is my day off.
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