April is National Volunteer Month, a meaningful time for Carolina Breast Friends because volunteers are what keep our programs and services going strong! Our Board of Directors puts in countless hours of volunteer effort to govern the organization. Our program instructors, guest speakers and mentors are also volunteers, as well as the many groups who come to the Pink House to assemble the comfort bags and inspiration jars we distribute to Survivors nearly every day. All told, volunteers--many of whom are breast cancer Survivors--have put more than 4000 hours this year helping us serve our mission!
Here are just a few of the volunteers you're likely to see when you come to the Pink House:
You might recognize Kathy Goodman from the cover of our informational brochure, but her involvement with us goes far beyond the surface. Kathy is a breast cancer Survivor who has been part of our organization since 2005. She has volunteered in numerous ways over the years, but just last fall--during our busiest time of the year--she has invested more than 50 hours of her time, helping us with phone coverage and greeting visitors to the Pink House. She has also been reaching out to many of our other Survivors, checking on them, mentoring and reminding them about our upcoming programs.
Another regular volunteer, Sarah Redfern, has been the equivalent of many hands on deck all in one hard-working package. She serves on our Outreach Committee, helping make sure we are able to supply comfort bags and inspiration jars to those who need them. She rolled up her sleeves and worked tirelessly helping set up for the 2017's Pink Boots Ball, and she is participated in several of the breast cancer awareness events that benefit us. She even sometimes brings her elementary-age son into the Pink House to volunteer alongside her.
If you've been to the Pink House, you can't help but feel the welcome of so many smiling faces in the dozens of beautiful black and white photographs hanging from the walls. The person behind many of those photographs is volunteer Monique Floyd. For a long while she also hosted our monthly "Be Beautiful, Be You" sessions that help our Survivors feel beautiful even in trying times. Monique is a powerhouse and owns her own successful photography business. Her busy world recently required her to scale back her work with the Pink House for a time, but her talent and love shine on through the smiles of all the strong women and men who adorn our walls!
Rita Horton is one of many practitioners that volunteers time to deliver professional services to Survivors free of charge at the Pink House. Rita, abreast cancer Survivor herself, is at the Pink House every other Wednesday giving individual Healing Touch sessions. Healing Touch is a biofield therapy that uses an energy-based approach to health and healing. We celebrate Rita's own unfaltering energy for the cause! We're grateful that she and all of our program leaders share their superb skills with us.
Charmaine Tyson is a two-time breast cancer Survivor, but she'll tell you that isn't what defines her. We agree. For us, what defines her is her giving spirit. Over the year Charmaine has rolled up her sleeves and given us abundant hours of her time as a volunteer--both during business hours and at evening programs. If you've been to the pink house this year for an event or program, you've likely met Charmaine and her mom. What's more, Charmaine has now moved from the ranks of volunteer to part time employee!
Of course, there are many other individuals and groups whose volunteerism keeps the wheels turning smoothly at the Pink House. You can join them! For more information about volunteering at Carolina Breast Friends, contact Krista at firstname.lastname@example.org.