Hilarious. Whip smart. Anyone who knows Laura Davidson knows she is one of the funniest and smartest people to be around and weâ€™ve all wondered why she doesnâ€™t perform stand-up comedy. But thereâ€™s also a very serious side to this 20-year resident. Laura is currently serving on the Greenway Committee and the Local Emergency Planning Committee, and is a former member of the Parks & Recreation Committee. Additionally she is a long-time member of Box 100 Rehabilitation Group and has served as Chief for the past seven years.
As chief of the organization, she sometimes struggles with the public misunderstanding of the role of Box 100 especially when they are compared to other organizations. Her viewpoint regarding other groups is broad, â€œI fully support every nonprofit organization in our community because it takes a lot to want to give yourself no matter what youâ€™re doing. Volunteers want to better this community and I support anyone who wants to be a part of that in any organization.â€
According to its online presence, the mission of Box 100 is â€œResponding to and assisting our fire, police, and emergency personnel in a timely manner. We assist the cityâ€™s emergency departments with such duties such as crowd and traffic control. We also provide rehab to personnel on lengthy and/or exhausting emergency calls, as well as securing areas as required, and any other tasks requested. Our volunteers are on call 24 hours/day, 7 days/week and are continually training in storm readiness, CPR and emergency response preparedness in order to aid our community in the event of an emergency.â€
A Christmas memory is Lauraâ€™s favorite as a city volunteer. A child who moved from another country to La Vergne asked for a Christmas tree to experience Christmas in America. Laura was able to ride along with the police as they delivered the Christmas tree, resplendent with beautiful decorations, to the family. She said everyone in the family and everyone who helped make that Christmas wish come true wept. The family also received food and gifts donated from the â€œChristmas for Children and Seniorsâ€ program hosted by emergency responders. Laura said the joy she experienced in that moment has kept her coming back and she appreciates seeing how the community comes together every year to help. â€œThis program shows the true meaning of a small town coming together to help neighbors. I go into homes where the grandparents are raising the grandchildren. Without the volunteers and the responders putting this together, there would be no Christmas for these children.â€
Laura moved to La Vergne in 1999 because she and her now former husband wanted to raise their children in a town smaller town than Nashville. â€œWhen I first walked into my house, it felt like home. I wanted a fenced yard and a big, open feel. Thatâ€™s what I found in La Vergne.â€ Laura has three adult children and three precious grandchildren. The grandbabies call her â€œYoyaâ€ which is appropriate since it means someone who is a quick thinker, both philosophically and creatively.
In La Vergne, Laura also found a home base for her full-time business. Having worked since she was 10-years old with her mother and sister, Laura started her own cleaning business for both residential and commercial clients about 30 years ago. Even while running her own company and a nonprofit organization, she still intends to someday go back to school to study psychology.
If money was no object, Laura would be living it up on a beach in St. Croix. If money was no object and she stayed in La Vergne, however, Laura said she would spend all her time at the Senior Center, â€œThey are the sweetest people and they have a lot of fun down there. They play bingo and wii and Iâ€™d go every single day and hang out there. If I won the lottery Iâ€™d also build a community center for seniors AND the youth. I want something for both. Thatâ€™s absolutely what Iâ€™d do.â€
This prominent community volunteer is achieving what we all want, â€œLife is pretty good. I have great friends. Iâ€™m helping in the community. I run a successful business. And I call LaVergne home.â€
Thank you Laura Davidson for everything you do for La Vergne.