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Profile: Carolyn Johnson (AFSCME Local 3289)

BACKGROUND:

Carolyn Johnson, pictured on the right, became a Probation/Parole Officer with the 7th Judicial District Department of Correctional Services in Davenport in 1986. From 1982-1986, she worked at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center.

As a Probation/Parole Officer, Carolyn protects the public while working with offenders to guide them toward becoming full members of the community once again.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY AND NAACP

Carolyn joined the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority in college and is currently a member and social action chair of the Moline - Davenport Alumnae Chapter. Service is the key mission of the Deltas. Two of the key focuses of her chapter are on education and political awareness. They have organized trips to the state capitols in Des Moines and Springfield for youth in their community. The purpose of the trips is to teach youth about government and the importance of being an involved citizen. The Deltas also take students on trips to colleges. Carolyn and her Delta sisters have helped with delivering gift baskets to nursing home residents and collecting and distributing coats for children in need.

Carolyn is the youth advisor for the Davenport Youth Council of the NAACP. For the past six years, she has overseen her local NAACP organization’s youth council. She has advised the youth and helped facilitate their programs, including the Youth Explosion Talent Show, Membership Bowling, and a Dental Hygeine Project. Furthermore, she advises the youth as they undertake their annual service project entailing visits to area nursing homes.

Carolyn is on the Audit Committee for her church, the Greater Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. She has been involved in church activities for twenty years.

WHY SHE VOLUNTEERS—IN HER OWN WORDS:

“I love doing things to help people. Being a guide and mentor can make a major difference in the life of a young person. My participation in Delta Sigma Theta and the NAACP makes it possible for me to serve as a mentor to many young people.”

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