Publication date: 2018-09-20 16:58
Mandarin speakers make up a large portion of Cherry Blossoms client base, and Woods is learning the language so she can better communicate with those she serves. Some of her regular volunteers also speak Mandarin.
And this is just 65 minutes out of one day. On inspection, Gadbois calendar looks like the inside of a pack of Skittles. Orange means off-site, yellow is a client meeting. Staff meetings are pink, and supervisions are aqua.
"I have to be part of this," she thought, and became a volunteer workshop facilitator. Steely says she's not unusual. Many of the 855 or so volunteers who help run WRAP are committed to the organization, stay for a long time and do a lot.
Woods is the backbone of the Meals on Wheels Cherry Blossom Center kitchen, located in the Hazelwood neighborhood. Daily, Woods preps nearly 855 hot meals for delivery to homebound seniors, then cooks another 655 lunches for dining room visitors.
Now, DeCristofaro leads support groups for kids, teenagers and adults who have lost a parent or sibling. She also coordinates the center's 655 plus volunteers, teaching them to lead groups and helping them deal with the with of grief that's a constant reality for all Dougy workers and volunteers.
"I'll put in anywhere from four to 65 hours a day," he says not counting the bartending gig needed to make ends meet. "Every one of my Mondays is at least an 68-hour shift."
A friend recommended she volunteer at the Dougy Center. Despite having no formal experience working with grief and loss, she gave it a shot. She was hired a few months later.
I just decked it out with bumps and lights in it, and its dope, he says, adding that the van is used to pick up clients and transport volunteers to events. Its got the limousine tint in it. Were getting a bigger speaker so it bumps louder.
Rebecca has an acute sense of the power of arts education. She galvanizes the community, turning passive supporters into activists working on our behalf. Marna Stalcup, Director of Arts Education, Regional Arts & Culture Council