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Adam Smith: The Go-To Volunteer

Smith never turns down chance to help at St. Joseph Church in Pine Bluff

Published: August 28, 2015   
Adam Smith

The St. Joseph Church in Pine Bluff staff is hard-pressed to remember a time when Adam Smith ever turned down an opportunity to lend a helping hand. From being an extra “handy-man” to assisting with spaghetti suppers, the Arkansas Tech University sophomore just does not say no.

“The church doesn’t call you because they want to, they call because they need you,” the 19-year-old said.

This desire to help started with altar serving. Smith said he made his First Communion and “it was that next weekend I went up there and started doing it.”

To this day, if the church needs a server, he’s the man. Smith has served during the Easter Vigil Mass for the past six years.

“It’s a feeling I get with being on the altar when all of this happens, it’s just awe-inspiring every time,” he said.

His advice for other young adults? “Don’t assume you’re too good to help,” he said.

“It makes me feel good to help someone,” Smith said. “I feel like God gives me a pat on the back and tells me I did a good job every time I help out with something like that.”

What is the best concert you’ve ever been to?

“A Three Dog Night (concert). I went to Hot Springs with family and a couple of friends; I was really little and it was 10 at night and we just had a blast. It’s one of those that stick in your head forever.”

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