The Boys and Girls Club of the Cedar Valley has served area youth for more than 40 years. Gloria Wilder-Wright has been with the club for 33 of those years. She's the local club's longest-serving employee.
Gloria Wilder-Wright started working at The Boys and Girls Club of the Cedar Valley in 1980.
"I have a love for kids. I come from a large family. There's 10 siblings," said Gloria Wilder-Wright.
In more than 30 years with the club, she's worked in almost every position: activity director, volunteer manager, unit director and now front desk supervisor. The Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Chuck Rowe said moving wilder-wright to the front desk was a great decision.
"She has a great personality for it. You need someone with patience, need a relationship with parents, the kids tell you their favorite part of the day is getting a hello from Gloria," said Chuck Rowe.
During the summer, The facility in Waterloo sees about 150 kids a day. Gloria Wilder-Wright knows all their names, their families and anything you need to know about the club.
"If I could have a billion Gloria's working here, it would make my job a lot easier," said Chuck Rowe.
"She gives people a nice good morning. She's happy all day long," said 11-year-old Sydney Meeks.
The Boys and Girls Club is a safe place where youth learn positive values. Seeing those values later in club alumni is why Wilder-Wright said she loves her job.
"They'll say remember Miss Gloria when I was not doing something positive. I want to say thanks. You've made me the person I am today," said Gloria Wilder-Wright.
After more than three decades, Gloria said there's still nowhere else she'd rather be.
"My time here has been a blessing. It's something I wanted to do to serve the community. I want to say thanks to the community who had any part to make this a successful Boys and Girls Club," she said.
The goal of The Boys and Girls Club is to inspire young people, but Chuck Rowe said Gloria's dedication to the club is an inspiration to him and everyone else.
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