Organizations: NHS Band Parents and Girl Scouts
Volunteer Service: Since 2007
What is your current community involvement?
I have been volunteering with the NHS Band Parents, Inc., for the last three years. I previously served on the board as President and Vice President, and am currently serving in an advisory role as we onboard our new Co-Presidents. I have also been involved with Girl Scouts as a Troop Leader for the last 12 years.
What is the mission of these organizations?
NHS Band Parents, Inc., supports all aspects of the Eau Claire North High School’s band program. This includes making sure there are enough instruments, uniforms and funds to support the students and our events. We believe that every student should have an equal opportunity to reach their full potential. The Girl Scouts’ mission is to offer girls leadership development experiences that build their courage, confidence and character.
How did you first get involved with these organizations?
When my daughter was in first grade, we received a flyer about Girl Scouts. I noticed they didn’t have anyone to lead the program for her age group and stepped up to serve in that capacity so she and other girls could participate. Then, when my daughter entered high school, she got involved with band and that’s where my involvement with NHS Band Parents began. Growing up, I was involved with these two groups, so it’s great to see my daughter take interest in them as well.
Can you share a memorable experience with us?
This March, I chaperoned the music department’s week-long trip to New York. I really enjoyed getting to know the students outside of school, hearing their stories and building relationships with them. For some, it was the last big trip of their high school career and I have had the opportunity to work with them along the way. It’s good to know that even though my daughter is graduated, I can still have this connection with the students and school.
What have you been able to learn about the community?
I’ve learned that there is always a need for volunteers. As a result, I make sure to help out wherever I can in the community. There are so many great organizations looking for additional volunteers and support, and sometimes just having one extra person show up reduces the stress for others.
Why is it important to give back to the communities we serve?
I think giving back is a great way to connect with the community, and when we can involve our children they, too, see its importance.
What advice would you give other colleagues looking to start volunteering?
I would tell people to find something you’re passionate about because it will show in what you do. Whether its kids, adults or seniors, it makes a difference when they can see you enjoying what you’re doing.