What initially drew you to the Center and inspired you to become a member of the Board?
I was looking for ways to get involved in the community and came across one of the Center’s postings on Volunteer Match looking for Camp Millie and Nello’s Corner volunteers. The opportunity resonated with me as I had lost my father at a young age, and I felt as though I could relate to what the children were going through. Growing up with grief often felt lonely and confusing. It wasn’t until my adult years that I learned what a profound impact professional support can have on healing and growth. This inspired me to help to others coping with loss, hoping they never have to feel that same loneliness.
Through volunteering and seeing the enthusiasm of the staff, it was quite easy to become passionate about the Center’s mission. I was thrilled when asked to serve on the Board and am wholeheartedly committed to honor and carry that mission forward.
Share about the role you serve on the board.
I’ve been a member of the Events Committee working with the Center staff to plan the Fields of Hope and the Strides of Hope 5K fundraisers. I’m newly appointed to the Board and looking forward to participating with the Community Relations Committee and any other areas I can support.
What has been the most meaningful part of being connected to the Center?
It’s been meaningful to me seeing how much hope the Center brings to the people it serves.
What is one thing you would want someone to know if they were considering the Center’s services?
I would want someone to know that the Center is a safe, non-judgmental organization that you can put your trust in. The staff are professionals with incredible expertise, and they will meet you wherever you are in your grief journey with compassion and the utmost care.
What are your hopes for people who come to the Center?
My hope is for them to not feel lonely in their grief and that they find companions (a counselor or support group) with whom they are comfortable to share their experiences. I hope that they will be able to see a future where they have the strength to carry their grief while keeping their loved one’s memory always present.
What are your hopes for the Center?
The Center is rooted in the community as a valuable resource for grief education and support. My hope is that it continues to uphold its reputation for compassionate and professional care and that those roots continue to grow and expand to other communities and groups that may be underserved. I also hope that we are always connected to our clients as their needs change and evolve alongside of them through diverse program offerings.
What words would you use to describe the Center?
Inspiring, Supportive, Compassionate, Dedicated
What would you want to say to our donors and volunteers?
We appreciate you! The Center’s meaningful work is only possible because of generous and faithful supporters like yourselves.
What would you say to someone who was considering volunteering with us in programming, on committees, or as a member of the board?
Absolutely do it! You won’t regret it. There are several opportunities to choose from, and no matter what you end up doing, you’ll find it to be a rewarding and heartwarming experience.