While in Sarasota, seasonal volunteer Kate Coopersmith from Virginia, volunteers at Girls Inc. and Tidewell Hospice. Kate, a former RN, had “decided to reshape and reach out to remain active” during retirement.
Kate was searching for “where do I fit in” when in fall 2011 she visited the Sarasota Farmers Market at the regularly scheduled 2nd Saturday of the month VCC information and recruiting table. Kate quickly learned from Mindi Rohan that her spirit of volunteerism could fit into an organization. Kate had a resource and endless possibilities with VCC.
VCC Volunteer Recruiter Bill Brackett followed up with Kate and provided 3 ideas. Kate began her appointment setting and form filling out. She accepted opportunities at Girls Inc and Tidewell Hospice.
Kate is thrilled at Girls Inc. fundraising, tutoring and assisting with the Celebration Luncheon. At Tidewell Hospice, Kate sits vigil with patients or helps at their Treasure Gift Shop in Venice.
An inspired Kate encourages others:"Want to find that person to inspire you? Want to find your inspiration? Want to find your niche…call VCC.
Dorothy Kushner, retired Computer Professional
When Dorothy's application came to us, we zeroed in on her professional background. It isn't every day that a retired woman shows up here with over 30 years of experience in the computer industry, some of it from back in the IBM Mainframe days.
Our volunteer outreach coordinator Bill Bracket phoned her immediately and gave her several options where her skills could be used to help with organization web sites.
She is currently advising us on the overhaul of our very own ConnectingVolunteers.org web site, and when that has stabilized she will move on to help some of our other nonprofits.
Here's an interesting twist: Dorothy is a seasonal resident of Sarasota, where her granddaughters live, but her "season" is September-January. The rest of the year she lives in Tel Aviv, Israel. She calls herself a "sunbird." She can do her volunteering year-round, wherever there is an Internet connection.
It was early in 2012 that I dropped into the office of VCC as someone had suggested I go by and see what I could do to help. What a joy it has been since then. The staff is very supportive of us volunteers and the work I do enables me to connect with all kinds of wonderful caring people around the area. I’m a spiritual guy who feels that this gift of life is to be used to serve my brother and sister in any way that I can.
We came from Denver a few years ago and found people who come from our roots in New England and the Midwest. I worked for several companies in their marketing department and then moved into a management position in an international nonprofit agency that works throughout the world. I have been trained in facilitation and coaching of nonprofit agencies and boards.