Throughout National Volunteer Week (April 21-27, 2013), we will spotlight four of Lakeshore’s valuable volunteers. Today we recognize Michelle and Rhenetta.
MICHELLE MARSHALL & RHENETTA STANLEY
These two friends and Lakeshore members began volunteering last June. You will see their gorgeous smiles every Thursday at the front desk. Together they have given over 250 hours of service to Lakeshore. In addition to the front desk, they have helped with several behind-the-scenes projects for Lakeshore events.
“Being a volunteer at Lakeshore has been so rewarding to me because it is the best job I have ever had,” said Michelle. The smiles that come and go on the members’ faces give me great joy. I have talked to somany kind people and learned so much in a short time. God is so good and I see it on the faces of the members. I am so thankful to be able to serve.”
“I enjoy volunteering at Lakeshore because every time I enter the doors, a feeling of joy fills my heart,” said Rhenetta. “The remarkable individuals that I encounter are truly inspirational to me. Despite the obstacles life has thrown them, they are still able to smile and persevere. It is those smiles that make my experience worthwhile.
Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week has grown exponentially in scope each year since, drawing the support and endorsement of all subsequent United States presidents, governors, mayors and other respected public officials.
National Volunteer Week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It;s about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, in unison, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals. National Volunteer Week is about taking action, encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change — discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to foster positive transformation.
National Volunteer Week is not only our moment in time to celebrate our volunteers, but to enable a nation to share ideas, practices and stories, wherever they happen thereby shaping a movement to re-imagine the notion of citizenship in the 21st century.