LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Volunteers are the backbone of many organizations across the state. The Clinton Foundation relies on nearly 500 to support and run its operation. One of those volunteers just logged 10,000 service hours.
Founding volunteer award.
"I almost cried. It was all I could do."
Volunteer of the year in 2006 and 2007.
"I treated it like a job."
And now, 10,000 hours of service.
"I really hope that I've set the path for other people."
Setting an example. That's the reason George Campbell decided to spend so much time giving back to the community.
"I was in the real estate business. The city was good to me. I always wanted to give back to the city. When they decided to have this library, I decided what better way could you give back," says Campbell.
Campbell started volunteering when the Clinton Center opened in 2004.
"It's always something exciting that's going on every day," he says.
His favorite memory dates back to 2007.
"I think the most excited that I ever was involved with was the green roof that is on this building. It was done in 28 days with a bucket truck over here on the side lifting everything up except the flowers that went up there. That was remarkable," Campbell explains.
As for the most intriguing celebrity he's met?
"Frank Sinatra's daughter I guess. When they had the grand opening at the arts center, my wife worked on one side and I worked the other. We said you can't take your drinks up there because there's another place up there to get them. When Nancy Sinatra came through, I thought 'boy, I'm sure glad this wasn't her father!'" he says.
Campbell averages more than 24 hours of service a week.
"It's pretty versatile what I do. You never know. I could be filing one day and calling contractors another," Campbell says.
But Campbell hopes his record doesn't stand forever.
"There will be more people that'll do 10,000 hours. And there's somebody that will beat me one of these days," he says.
Campbell will be honored again with a special award for his service in December. Former President Bill Clinton will present that to him at the Foundation's annual gala.