Two Volunteers are Integral to IAH re:loom Jobs Effort
Five years ago, newly retired Carolyn Gorman read about Initiative in the Medlock Neighborhood newsletter and called about volunteering. Carolyn became the “Tuesday afternoon” volunteer. Every Tuesday she comes to the administrative office and picks up her list of needed tasks - anything from shopping for needed supplies or clothes, filing, assisting with correspondence, looking for special event items, measuring re:loom rugs, sorting clothes and delivering them to different locations – really anything that requires an extra set of hands. Carolyn’s perfect combination of administrative skills, positive outlook and support for Initiative has made her one of the most important members of the team. Executive Director Lisa Wise noted “that when Carolyn misses one Tuesday – the office is lost without her, she is such an important part of us.”
Down the street at the re:loom worksite, the manager Tammy Carden would be lost without the help of the many volunteer hands that help prepare the fabric for the weavers. Shirley Moak is one of the faithful and dedicated volunteers who comes in regularly with a smile and a positive word for everyone. When Shirley heard about the re:loom program, she liked it right away because it helped those who needed a hand up and re:loom emphasized recycling – both concerns for her. Shirley often takes extra fabric home that needs to be cut and rolled after sorting and cutting clothes at the Weavehouse. She also searches for the best online deal for rotary blades – often donating them herself. Shirley has said that she “knows the value of volunteerism to nonprofits.”
Initiative is so appreciative of these two special volunteers and all of the many volunteers who help us each day achieve our goal of helping us. We are eternally grateful to them! For more information about volunteering, please call Lisa Wise at 404-299-9979.
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