How long have you been volunteering for Maryhurst?
Almost seven years!
Why do you volunteer?
While financial support is good and needed, spending your personal time can sometimes be even more impactful.
Why do you choose to donate your time to Maryhurst?
Knitting has always been a stress reduction for me. I enjoy sharing this skill with the girls, teaching them a positive way to release their stress, anxiety, or even anger. I also think it is important that the girls have positive role models – women involved in stable family relationships, with good education, and with careers they enjoy.
Can you share an experience with Maryhurst that made you realize you were making a difference?
One of the girls was getting ready to move on and was both excited and scared. I tried to ease her concerns, provide encouragement, and suggested resources that could help her. The last time she saw me she gave me a teddy bear for all I had done for her.
What advice would you give someone who is on the fence about volunteering?
Give it a try! After a few times, if it doesn’t fit, try something else. There are so many opportunities.
What do you do when you are not volunteering?
I work at Humana where I have been for over 30 years. I am active with my church where I teach Sunday school, sing in the choir, and serve on the Altar Guild. I also enjoy spending time with my husband working in our yard.