BRISTOL, Va. - As an executive at Alpha Natural Resources, Vaughn Groves is a leader of mines. In his spare time, he's a leader of young minds in the Boy Scouts. For his charitable efforts, Groves is the corporate hero honoree in the American Red Cross/WCYB Celebration of Heroes awards.
"I do not do any of the work I do or charitable work I do to receive any recognition for it," Groves said. "But I'm very humbled by being recognized by the Red Cross for the work I've done."
Groves got involved in the beginning in scouting mostly due to his son, who's an Eagle Scout now. "It gives them skill sets, leadership skills and keeps them out of trouble," Groves said.
Now Groves is an assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 222, and has even taught several merit badges, including a new one for mining. "All merit badges are just to teach them about what's out there," Groves said. "Whether it's environmental or mining, we'll teach them about the process of mining, how you do mining a proper way, how you do it environmentally-friendly, what's involved in it, and the economics of it."
Groves' other charitable passion: the United Way. He's been a rousing ringleader in many campaigns for the organization.
While he's proud of his charity work and this award, he stops far short of classifying himself as a hero. "Well I don't feel myself a hero," he said. "There are so many others that are deserving of a hero award and it's not me. We owe it to others to give back and help them whether it's your time your talent or your money. It's important to me and I think it's important to your life to give back."