The staff and volunteers of the Women’s Resource Center met at LA Sea and Sirloin for their annual Volunteer Appreciation dinner Feb. 6. The theme was “Volunteers are Heroes,” which was complete with hero themed decorations and a playful comedic skit performed by the staff members.
The evening was filled with laughter and fellowship along with gratitude from the staff for all that the volunteers do for the women served by the WRC. The evening was capped off with the Volunteer of the Year Award being presented to Tami Takes.
Tami first became involved with the WRC in late 2013 by donating homemade crocheted baby blankets. In early 2014, Tami began volunteering all day on Wednesdays at the front desk where she would greet and check clients in and then assist them with paperwork and scheduling appointments.
But her volunteer work goes far beyond her assigned “duties.” If there is no one requiring assistance at the front desk, Tami can be found crocheting (she has now donated over 40 blankets, many made with donated yarn), working in the food pantry, sorting and filing charts, or getting supply requests together. During 2016, she volunteered to come in on numerous days outside of her regularly scheduled Wednesdays when the WRC was short staffed. And she does all this while maintaining a cheerful and upbeat attitude.
The WRC chooses to honor their volunteers each year as they give of their time to assist women in our community who are in need. Without them, the organization wouldn’t be able to serve the over 400 women it services each year.
Although the WRC is only open three days a week, it provides over 100 client visits each month. These visits include parenting education and classes, nurse visits, limited obstetrical ultrasound, prenatal education, child birth education classes, breast feeding instruction, nutrition visits, home visits, and birth outcome visits.
In addition to the education, clients are provided with a year’s supply of prenatal vitamins, a new car seat, breast pump, pack and play, pacifiers, diapers, wipes, groceries, infant hygiene products, and much more following the completion of certain visits. All of this is possible due to the generosity of our community and through the invaluable service of our volunteers.