Wilson helps local children with her volunteer efforts



Like a great athlete who excels in just about any sport she attempts, Danville REALTOR® Millie Wilson has discovered multiple ways to volunteer in her community every year while serving as a managing broker for Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell, too.

“I guess what’s motivated me to be involved in several charities and nonprofit organizations during my career is my desire to make Vermilion County the best that it can be,” Wilson said. “Also, I care about the children. They are our future and I feel we need to do all we can for them to be able to succeed.

“There is a beautiful quote that expresses the way I feel,” she said. “It is by teacher-scholar Forest E. Witcraft: ‘A hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove. . .  But the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.'”

The list of charities and nonprofit organizations she helps includes the Danville Public Library Foundation Board, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermilion County, AMBUCS, the Business Women of Vermilion County and a variety of charities helped by the Danville Area Board of REALTORS®, such as the Toys for Tots campaign in December.

“I have been involved with the Danville Public Library since 1995,” said Wilson. “I have served on the library foundation board for 13 years, and I am a past president. I have organized the book sales for the library three times a year for many years. The money raised from these sales goes back into the library, making it a better place for the people of this community, especially the children. For the last six years, I have been on the planning committee for the foundation’s annual fundraiser, too.”

A past president of the local Big Brother Big Sisters organization, she has served on its board of directors and participated in Bowl for Kids Sake many times. This year, she also helped with the Glow Crazy 5K Fun Run and Afterparty.

She also has helped the Danville chapter of AMBUCS conduct a home show for many years. Its mission is to provide: community service for people with disabilities; Amtryke therapeutic tricycles to individuals unable to operate a traditional bicycle; and academic scholarships for therapists. The charity started in Birmingham, AL (as the American Business Clubs) in 1922 dedicated to helping people with disabilities. In 1961, the name changed to AMBUCS.

Members of the organization Business Women of Vermilion County raise money for scholarships for young women who might not otherwise continue their education, she says. Formerly Business & Professional Women’s club, it raises money for scholarships for young women who might not otherwise be able to continue their education. “I have done this since 1995. I was not able to attend college and wanted to help young women further their education. Our group implemented the Choices Program in the Danville Schools system to make young women aware of the choices they will make in life. Teaching them to become self-sufficient, and the importance of this.”

Career in real estate

Wilson became a REALTOR® in 1990. She is a member and past president of the Danville Area Board of REALTORS® and served on many committees, including several times as chairs. She earned the REALTOR® of the Year Award in 2000 and 2012.

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