By Evan Ratke
For George W. Marget, III, it’s not simply a matter of volunteering with an organization. It’s a desire to experience the efforts of that organization up close and learn how he can best contribute. As a new member of the Board of Directors for Lutheran Family Services of Virginia, Marget is looking to do just that.
“It’s so easy to get so caught up in what’s unimportant or simply the routine of the everydayness of life,” he says. “Volunteering is a great touchstone for me to keep life in perspective.”
A native of Iowa, graduate of Notre Dame and the University of Richmond School of Law, in-house counsel for Dominion Energy for the past 25 years, father of two sons, a daughter, and three step-daughters, Marget’s time is happily populated by family and work. But that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been able to overlap volunteering with family and career.
“My kids volunteered at an elder-care home while I served on its board,” he says. “I started the pro-bono program for our in-house counsel at Dominion Energy through the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation, making Dominion Energy the first corporation to have a seat at that table along with the area law firms. And the Carver Promise Board gave me valuable insight to the dramatic benefits of mentorships for our youth.”
But no matter the board or volunteer group he joins, there is at least one constant to Marget’s approach: A wish to familiarize and ingrain himself with the group’s daily work.
“It’s important to experience firsthand the day-to-day aspects of the organization. Doing so not only allows for a deeper understanding so as to guide the value you hope to bring to any discussion, but also inevitably leads to that personal benefit of keeping your perspective in life grounded and in balance.”
That desire extends to Marget’s current seat on the Board of Directors, and what he’s seen at LFSVA so far has him excited.
“What impresses me is Lutheran touches on an array of services that are so necessary in today’s society,” he says. “I’ve especially been taken in by the Minnick Schools. I love that program and the compassionate effort they make to meet the kids’ needs and get them back into public school.
“I’d love to see more of the organization firsthand to fully understand all of the great work being done out there. If I’m not doing that, then I’m missing something. Each of us has a responsibility to use our God-given gifts to give back to those who are in need. I am grateful for the opportunity LFSVA has given me to do that and am looking forward to helping in any way I can.”