As citizen volunteers go, Patty Schermer colors outside the lines. She isn't one of those rich philanthropists with oodles of time on her hands and an open checkbook. Nor is she a retiree free to complete many worthy charitable projects in Glendale. Instead she's a youngish single mother with a passion for public projects with a very busy schedule.
"I was raised in a highly volunteer family," Schermer said. "My dad had his own business (Glen-Pacific Carpets, now under different ownership). Mother was in the PTA, and both of my parents were involved in the Lions Club, which is the largest volunteer organization in the world. Mom was always volunteering to do something."
Schermer's son, Evan Schermer Jr., a junior at Glendale High School, is closing in on Eagle Scout status. Schermer has been president of the PTA twice and sits on its board at her son's school.
Edna Karinski with the nonprofit Community Foundation of the Verdugos has known Schermer since both parents served on the PTA Council when Evan was in elementary school seven years ago.