2017-09-24 / Insight

Postmaster: Metamora ‘feels more like a hometown’

BY ANDREW DIETDERICH
810-452-2609 • adietderich@mihomepaper.com


The sun is just coming up behind the Metamora Post Office, but workers inside have been sorting packages for hours already. 
Photos by Andrew Dietderich The sun is just coming up behind the Metamora Post Office, but workers inside have been sorting packages for hours already. Photos by Andrew Dietderich METAMORA — Metamora’s Postmaster spends most of her days managing the operations behind getting the mail out, but once in a while takes time to trim the bush in front of the building.

That’s because, says Carrie Wainwright, she’s had people say they remember when the bush was planted by a former postmaster decades ago and they want to ensure it receives proper treatment.

Wainwright is happy to oblige.

After all, she says, doing that kind of thing is what separates a small-town post office such as hers from those in large municipalities like the ones she’s worked at throughout her career with the U.S. Postal Service.

It’s largely why she’s stayed put in Metamora for the last 12 years.


Sandi Woodley, clerk, Metamora Post Office, sorts packages destined for mailboxes early Thursday (Sept. 21). There are seven routes within the 48455 Zip code that are serviced by the office. Sandi Woodley, clerk, Metamora Post Office, sorts packages destined for mailboxes early Thursday (Sept. 21). There are seven routes within the 48455 Zip code that are serviced by the office. “I was the postmaster at North Branch for a while, I was Officer-in-Charge in Oxford, as a supervisor I was in Southfield, Royal Oak, Rochester…so I’ve been to a lot of different offices,” she said. “Metamora is where I landed.”

Wainwright added that she is glad she did.

“I love the diversity,” she said. “We have multi-million dollar homes, to middle-class, to trailers…the businesses… the atmosphere. It feels more like a hometown. It’s almost like a family…there are good people here.”

“That’s one of the reasons I’ve stayed put,” she added.

Another reason?

The quality of employees at the post office.

Wainwright says carriers “know their customers.”

“Honestly, and I’m not just saying it, they care…a lot more than they did in the other offices I’ve worked in,” she said of employees based in the Metamora Post Office. “They take ownership in what they do, and how they feel about their customers…they take a lot of pride in it.”

The Metamora Post Office serves the 48455 Zip code.

It previously was responsible for the Hadley Post Office, which is now managed by the Goodrich Post Office.

About 700 parcels (boxes) are handled by the Metamora Post Office daily, Wainwright says.

Packages are constantly being delivered to the small building at 3795 N. Oak St. by the likes of Amazon, DHL, and UPS, Wainwright said.

Wainwright said the office also handles Sunday deliveries for Amazon during the busy shipping season.

“Amazon changed our world two years ago,” she said. “It’s probably the biggest change I’ve seen.”

Of course, parcels aren’t the only items handled at the Metamora Post Office.

In fact, another several thousand other forms of mail are delivered daily, Wainwright said.

She said it’s important to note all the figures rise dramatically during the pending holiday shopping season.

The mail is delivered via seven routes in the 48455 area. A total of 12 people work at the post office.

Among them is Sandi Woodley, a clerk at the Metamora Post Office who has worked at the location for 17 years.

She uses one word to describe what she likes about working in Metamora.

“Everything,” she told The County Press. “If I didn’t like it, I would’ve left. I’m just that way.”

Wainwright says she doesn’t foresee any changes to the Metamora Post Office, and that she believes it will remain an important part of the community.

“Contrary to what people believe, I believe the mail is very, very important,” she said. “And for some people, this is their livelihood…just to come here and buy one stamp, or talk to my clerk…I think it’s important for every municipality to have their own post office.”

More information about the Metamora Post Office, such as hours and contact info, visit www.postallocations.com/mi/metamora/metamora

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