Meet Vicki Swanson! She has been a supporter of CJSTUF since its inception in 2010. The roles she has served over the years have included Treasurer, board member, event volunteer, and most recently, Meal Fairies volunteer. It only makes sense that we would want to highlight her service to CJSTUF during National Volunteer Week. Below, Vicki tells us her thoughts about volunteering with us!
Tell us how you first got involved in CJSTUF, and why?
I learned of the Reynolds family through a blog post when Charlotte Jennie was first diagnosed. My daughter is also called Charlotte and was the same age as CJ so the story really touched my heart. When CJSTUF was formed, I initially helped out by writing thank you letters to donors and then I was asked if I would like to join the Board.
What is it like to be a volunteer for CJSTUF?
There are so many different ways to volunteer so there really is something for everyone. You can help by raising donations, helping staff a table at various events, cooking a meal at the Ronald McDonald House etc. Since CJSTUF is a small, local organization, you really feel that your efforts are appreciated and make a real difference.
Do you have any fond memories of volunteering for CJSTUF over the years (or maybe a favorite)?
Recently, I have been volunteering to serve lunch to families of children being treated at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond as part of the Meal Fairies program. It is very rewarding to be able to see first-hand the impact we can have on families going through a very difficult time. It is more than just providing lunch. It shows them that there are people there to support them. It gives them a chance to sit and eat a meal for a few minutes and perhaps make contact with another parent in the same situation. The families are always incredibly appreciative that we are there.
Why did you choose to volunteer with CJSTUF as opposed to another nonprofit organization?
The foundation resonates with me since we are helping families with very sick children and I feel very fortunate to have healthy children. I like that it is a local organization helping local families. As a past board member, I also know that the foundation is very fiscally conservative and I like that as much money as possible goes back to fund our services.
What would you tell others who might be considering volunteering with CJSTUF?
Get in touch! Find out what opportunities might best meet your skill set and preferences. You will meet a great bunch of people, be able to make a real impact and have fun while doing it. It’s very easy to be a volunteer with CJSTUF.