Historic Manassas, Inc.

August 23, 2023

Emily Hamby, the Baker that Volunteer in Historic Manassas

In a world that often seems to move at a relentless pace, there are individuals who choose to dedicate their time to something greater than themselves—community service. Volunteering offers a unique opportunity to connect with others, make a positive impact, and learn about local history and culture. One such volunteer, Emily Hamby, has found her calling at Historic Manassas, Inc. (HMI), where she shares her motivations, experiences, and the sense of fulfillment that comes with being a volunteer.

Emily Hamby's journey as a volunteer at Historic Manassas, Inc. began in August 2023. While this might be a recent start, Emily's passion for community service extends beyond her involvement with HMI. She's also an active volunteer on the Manassas Beautification Committee, contributing to projects that enhance the city's landscapes and promote environmental awareness.

“We work on projects around the city such as the gardens at Liberia House, Annaburg, and community outreach to share info about native plants and protecting our pollinators”, she explained to us in a conversation.

For Emily, volunteering isn't just about ticking off a to-do list; it's a way of expressing her deep-rooted love for the Manassas community. Despite only residing in the city for a couple of years, she's embraced it as her home. Emily's motivation to volunteer with HMI stems from her desire to contribute to the place she's come to cherish.

One of the most rewarding aspects of Emily's role as a volunteer is engaging with visitors who are new to Manassas. “I like it when visitors come in that have never been to Manassas. I love telling them about all of the unique local businesses that we have right here in the Historic Downtown and offering suggestions on what they should do and see while they are visiting!”

Armed with her local expertise, she relishes the chance to introduce visitors to the city's unique businesses, historical sites, and hidden gems. Emily's suggestions and insights ensure that every visitor's experience is enriched, making their time in Manassas all the more memorable.

Emily believes that community service offers a reciprocal learning experience. As a newcomer to Manassas, volunteering has allowed her to dive into the city's events, culture, and way of life. Meeting fellow residents has broadened her understanding of the community and forged connections that otherwise might not have been possible.

“It’s a good feeling to help others. Just answering the phones and answering questions isn’t a difficult job, but it definitely provides value to the people who call or come in. Answering questions about Amtrak parking helps people have an easier time traveling. It’s a small thing for me to do that will help others have an easier day”.

For Emily, volunteering at Historic Manassas, Inc. is not just about lending a helping hand; it's an opportunity for personal enrichment.

Emily's enthusiasm for volunteering at HMI is palpable, and she eagerly extends an invitation to others.

“If you have a few hours a week to spare, I definitely recommend volunteering with HMI. It is very low stress, but I do feel helpful and that my time spent volunteering is valued.”

When Emily isn't volunteering, she's making a mark in other domains of her life. She is the owner of Honey and Ivy Gluten Free, a bakery specializing in gluten-free and allergy-friendly treats. Her dedication to her bakery venture underscores her commitment to serving the community in multiple ways. Additionally, Emily and her husband, accompanied by their two huskies, find solace in nature as they explore the Manassas Battlefield through hikes.

Emily Hamby's journey as a volunteer at Historic Manassas, Inc. showcases the transformative power of community service. Through her passion for Manassas, her interactions with visitors, and her commitment to both local history and a thriving small business, Emily exemplifies the essence of a dedicated volunteer. Her story serves as an inspiration for those seeking to connect with their communities, share their passions, and create a positive impact on the world around them.

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