Volunteer of the Month
Nashville Humane Association's every effort inside the shelter, and out in the community, is powered by volunteer assistance. While we hope these generous individuals feel appreciated by their peers and staff members on EVERY visit, we also like to take time each month to recognize one volunteer in particular. Please read about the outstanding service of our Volunteers of the Month!
- October 2016: Alyssa Ferraro
- November 2016: Patricia Waldron
- September 2016: Heleen Veerman-Pritchett
- August 2016: Katie Mason
- June 2016: Lisa Roiseman
- May 2016: Lacy Jones
- April 2016: Rosemary Young
- March 2016: John Cooper
- February 2016: Maureen Thornton
- January 2016: Dani Picard
- December 2015: Courtney Hensley
- November 2015: Robyn Peterson
- October 2015: Jill Moreland
- August 2015: Cindy and Hannah Wilson
- May 2015: Mary Corrigan
- April 2015: Scott St. John
- March 2015: Michelle Buzek
- February 2015: Joseph Wagner
- January 2015: Nan Shinn
- December 2014: Marguerite Stack
- November 2014: Kerrie Geer
- October 2014: Kathy Ogles
- September 2014: Carly Southworth
- August 2014: Mike Noble
- July 2014: Karen Taylor
- November 2012: Robyn Peterson
October 2016: Alyssa Ferraro
After moving to Nashville and settling into her new job, Alyssa Ferraro sought a productive way in which she could contribute to the community and spend her free time. A lifelong pet owner and animal lover, Alyssa came to NHA in 2015, logging 150 hours in a little over a year of volunteering. Though her only availability is weekends due to her work schedule, she serves at least two Saturdays per month with Teddy's Wagon, NHA's mobile adoption unit. Often assisting with morning load-ins and working multiple shifts throughout the day, she typically dedicates 4-8 hours to each event.
"I don't have a lot of professional (read paid) experience with animals, but I grew up in a house that always had many pets. We had ducks, snakes, birds, lizards, scorpions, cats, dogs, rats, fish, rabbits, and hamsters (I'm sure I'm forgetting some). I also volunteered at a neglected horse barn for about five years where, along with my mom and sister, I cleaned stables, exercised and groomed the horses," she says.
Over the last year, she's worked many community and NHA signature events aside from Teddy's Wagon including Bark in the Park at First Tennessee Park, Holiday Pet Photos at various locations, and Dog Day, NHA's largest annual fundraiser in Centennial Park. Always inquiring of opportunities and willing to take on new tasks, she served as a 2016 Unleashed Auction Assistant, helping guests and fellow volunteers alike navigate a mobile bidding app as we introduced it to our auctions for the first time. Also working this year's Clear the Shelters weekend, during which Pedigree sponsored all adoption fees, she aided customers in handling dogs and diffused potential safety issues in the backyard.
"My favorite thing is working directly with the public to facilitate adoptions. I can see myself making a direct difference, plus, I still get to spend time with the animals. I also love working events because I have always loved being a part of event planning and execution and helping to take the stress off some of the staff," Alyssa states.
Though she works full-time and cannot come in on weekdays, she proactively leaves as many Saturdays as possible open to fulfill her volunteer commitment. Currently the owner of a one-year-old Lab/Pyrenees mix named Myka and three-year-old Husky Mix named Luna, Alyssa is a sincere advocate for NHA's mission and devoted representative of the shelter.
"I have always had a great love of animals, so what better way to spend this time than helping an organization that works towards a goal that I have always had myself? NHA is different from my other and previous volunteer engagements because it allows me to work directly with the public to share my passion for animal welfare," Alyssa says.Please join us in thanking and congratulating our "October Volunteer of the Month," Alyssa Ferraro!
November 2016: Patricia Waldron
Life-long animal lover, Patricia Waldron began volunteering at NHA in mid-2013. Initially a Cat Socializer, she has now completed over 400 hours serving wherever necessary from behind-the-scenes opportunities to off-site events and nearly everything in between.
"It's funny - didn't really have a specific reason for wanting to volunteer at NHA. I just knew I wanted to do some volunteer work and after visiting just to get my puppy and kitten fix I thought, 'wow, this place is awesome,' and the rest is history!," Patricia states.
Though a less visible and sometimes overlooked assignment as it is a full two-hour commitment working in the garage in sometimes uncomfortable temperatures, the position of Food Bank Assistant has often proven difficult to fill. However, Patricia started working the Darcy Lashinsky Memorial Community Pet Food Bank upon her arrival at NHA and has consistently served as a distribution volunteer usually at least once per month, often both banks per month, over the last several years.
In addition to being the longest-serving Food Bank Volunteer to-date, she serves most weekends as Puppy Room Monitor, as she often stays for most of the day on Saturdays or Sundays making sure guests are properly handling the pups and not occupying the visitation areas for prolonged periods of time without the intent of adopting. Over the last couple of years, she has worked typically two Teddy's Wagon events per month and now assists in processing adoption paperwork as well. She has also served the duration of both Saturdays of our annual Pedigree Clear the Shelters events.
"I try to give at least 5 hours a week to the shelter - sometimes more. Since I am self-employed it makes it easy to be able to schedule to work events. My only intention for being a volunteer is to help around the shelter, help with off-site events, and, with any luck, I am able to help one of our residents find their furever home!" Patricia says.
Though she enjoys matching animals to their forever families both on Teddy's Wagon and while working in the shelter, Patricia views them as different experiences in how the adoptions occur and how she approaches each position.
"The aspects of Teddy's and the shelter are totally different for me. Working Teddy's, a person may come to the location with no intention of adopting, being that we are usually at a place of business, and it's satisfying to "accidentally" adopt an animal! With being at the shelter I usually come before opening time to get to know the residents and their personalities. This helps me when an adopter needs or wants a special kind of animal," Patricia states.
An owner of five cats, she currently has two Siamese, one Bengal, and two other rescues. Her most recent addition is one many may remember as a former long-time NHA resident, BeyoncÃ©, of one of our Pet of the Week rooms.
Referencing her animals, Patricia says, "Trust me when I say... they are all spoiled rotten and live the good life."
Please join us in thanking and congratulating our "November Volunteer of the Month," Patricia Waldron!
September 2016: Heleen Veerman-Pritchett
Growing up in Holland with many family pets and animals, Heleen Veerman-Pritchett has always had a lifelong love for them. Earning her degree in Entertainment Industry Studies in 2013, she came to NHA upon graduation from Belmont University when her schedule allowed for volunteering. Though starting off as a Cat Socializer and Dog Walker, she has served the bulk of her 150+ hours working community events and representing NHA as our blue canine mascot, Rover.
"My family's had animals (dogs, cats, horses, goats, chickens...) for as long as I can remember, so I've been around animals for as long as I can remember," Heleen states.
In June 2014, we were in a pinch to find someone to play Rover, as the initial volunteer was unable to fulfill the role at one of our very first Musician's Corner appearances in Centennial Park. As we were hurriedly trying to find someone the day before, she immediately responded to the request. Despite the miserably hot temperatures, she stepped right into the suit like a pro and has continued to do so upon nearly every date or event requested. Though her current schedule of 12-hour days working alongside her husband at their nutrition cafÃ© doesn't allow for much down time, she consistently devotes Saturdays and makes special efforts on weekdays to accommodate the random mid-week request to appear as Rover.
"Sleep is for the weak! Sadly I barely get to work with the animals because of my very limited free time, but the events are always a good time to entertain (and sometimes traumatize) kids and, more often than not, adults," Heleen jokes.
As a former barn-hand, caring for and training horses, she also taught kids about working with horses. Possessing extensive customer service and music industry experience, she blends her diverse work resume' with her varied interests, lending her limited time yet innumerable talents to NHA. Now completing two full annual rotations of playing Rover at Dog Day, Unleashed, Clear the Shelters, Critter Camp, and Adventure Science Center's National Mutt Day, she's one of NHA's most dedicated, amenable, and recognizable volunteers who plays a vital role in promoting the shelter.
"NHA is by far the most fun I've had volunteering, and I would recommend it to anyone. My favorite part is happy, healthy NHA "alums" because at the end of the day, that's what it's all about," Heleen states.
Please join us in thanking and congratulating our "September Volunteer of the Month," Heleen Veerman, (and, if you catch a glimpse of Rover at her next appearance, please spread the word that she is not to be confused with Barney)!
August 2016: Katie Mason
A native of Cookeville, TN and graduate of NYU, long-time animal lover Katie Mason came to NHA upon the suggestion of her friend and dedicated NHA Volunteer, Bethany Scaggs. Previously volunteering at several other facilities throughout her schooling and growing up alongside many animals in her childhood, she sought a place that would allow her to care for those animals she couldn't personally adopt. Though she has only been volunteering less than a year, this Media and Marketing major has logged 150 hours since January and has quickly become upon our most familiar faces in the shelter.
"I have never had the pleasure of directing working with animals professionally, but I have grown up raising every animal imaginable and try to constantly find animal-centric environments to spend as much of my personal time in as possible. I like to say that 'dogs are my favorite people,'" Katie states.
Spending the majority of her time in the shelter walking dogs, Katie proved her skills as a Dog Walker by jumping into the rotation of dedicated volunteers who came in daily to walk Onyx, the long-time NHA Resident and Nashville K-9 Graduate. Within her first several months, she worked two of our signature events, Unleashed and Cause for Paws, assisting with Media Check-In and taking the lead on auction item distributions as well. Flexible to any task, she served as a Kennel Buddy Aide, supervising and teaching campers proper handling of dogs, for both weeks of Critter Camp, and she even jumped into the Rover suit for camp pictures when Rover couldn't be there.
"Most of my time is spent walking and socializing dogs, but I am always happy to help out in any capacity I can-whether that be doing laundry or even occasionally moonlighting as Rover," Katie says.
Utilizing her background in marketing and photography, Katie also lends her media talents when needed. As her current position as a sales manager for a preschool photography business offers some flexibility in her schedule, she often takes pictures of adoptable animals for the website, filling in when long-time volunteers and professional photographers, Mike Noble and Dani Picard, aren't able to take their weekly website pictures.
"I have never enjoyed volunteering at other shelters, because I felt the need to rescue all of the animals myself. However, I never feel bad leaving NHA because I know that every single dog will almost certainly find their new home in a week or two and is well-loved and taken care of in the meantime," Katie says.
Most recently she worked the entire event, despite the constant rain, from the morning race through afternoon cleanup at our largest annual fundraiser of the year, Mutt Strutt and Dog Day Festival. Working alongside Mike for the initial portraits of race participants, she transitioned to taking festival attendee portraits as a fundraiser for NHA.
Though her versatility and skill sets allow her to support NHA in multiple capacities, her real passion is the dogs, which is evident by her dedicating 3-4 days per week to the shelter. As an owner of three dogs, one of whom she fell in love with and adopted within her first month as a volunteer, she and her husband view them as their babies, not having any human children currently.
"I love being able to work one-on-one with the dogs to work on basic behaviors and skills, while also giving them love and attention. I feel that teaching them how to behave, while also showing them how humans should behave, builds their confidence and fosters trust. To watch a timid and reserved stray grow into a happy and respectful dog that then gets adopted-and knowing that I played a small part in that- is THE MOST rewarding experience," Katie says.
Please join us in congratulating and celebrating our "August Volunteer of the Month," Katie Mason!
June 2016: Lisa Roiseman
Faithful and dependable, volunteer Lisa Roiseman has averaged serving 75 hours per year since she joined NHA's volunteer force in 2005. Coming to NHA at the request of a friend who was walking dogs in honor of his recently departed canine, she was initially weary of working directly with shelter animals despite her experience and long-time love of dogs. As she learned the ROVER program was seeking clerical assistance, she jumped into doing data entry behind the scenes in an effort to avoid the sadness she feared of being around and working with dogs needing homes.
"True to his word, I was able to do the data entry that day without seeing a single dog. But, since I think dogs are the best things on earth, the next week I ventured out to the kennels and I was amazed, just blown away. And the rest is history," Lisa states.
Now accumulating nearly 850 hours to-date, she has served in almost any capacity needed or offered from Dog Walker, Adoption Aide, Volunteer Trainer, to Event Assistant. Always flexible to any task requested of her, she will quietly and humbly work behind the scenes or step into a leadership role when called upon for all NHA signature events - Dog Day Festival, Unleashed, and Cause for Paws. Whether it's event preparation like stuffing goodie bags and organizing auction items or working the entire event day-of, she graciously offers help wherever she sees a need. During our longest outdoor event of the year, Dog Day Festival, she walks Centennial Park in the September heat ensuring all doggie water stations are maintained and full throughout the day.
"The animals were so well-cared for, so supported and loved, I just couldn't help but get more involved. The Rover program has become more automated so my two-fingered typing services are less necessary. But special events and Teddy's Wagon have become my home at NHA," Lisa states.
In her professional career, she worked as a graphic artist for 35 years but in retirement now finds volunteering more rewarding and is always looking for new ways to assist.
"It was more fun and fulfilling to scoop puppy poop, train new volunteers (helped me get over some shyness), and work special events," she says.
May 2016: Lacy Jones
Visiting NHA while dropping off donations with a friend, Lacy Jones immediately fell in love with the animals and surroundings. After their Labrador passed, her parents were unable to bring anymore dogs into the house, so she decided to dedicate her free time to socializing those that needed some TLC and attention. Though she has volunteered only one full year, Lacy has committed wholeheartedly to volunteering and achieved over 225 service hours to-date.
"I love helping the potential adopters decide which friend is right for them. I love helping the staff with any request they might have, and, of course, I love knowing that what I do is helping to make a difference for all of the babies that come through our doors," Lacy states.
As a Dog Walker and Grooming Assistant, she often spends several hours per day during her weekdays off of work, as she works three 12-hour shifts through her weekends. Responsive to any request, she served as a Critter Camp Counselor last summer and jumps in wherever needed, regularly moving animals for Vet Services on large dog surgery days. In addition to these duties, she works with the Pet Visitation Program and submits pictures from her visits as well. Most recently she joined Teddy's Team to serve as an Adoption Assistant when the occasional weekday event occurs.
In referencing her assortment of tasks, Lacy states, "I love getting to know all the dogs in the kennels on some level. And I love bathing the dogs as well. I mean, what's more adorable than a sudsy puppy? And as an amateur photographer it's always nice to have extra subjects to practice on."
Currently owning two leopard geckos, Mosef and Misfit, Lacy adores most reptiles and animals some may consider strange or unusual including snakes, bearded dragons, and lizards. After meeting one of NHA's shelter residents with whom she was working, her parents adopted a Rhodesian Ridgeback Mix, Maylee, this past December as an early Christmas surprise for her. When she finished her volunteering shift one day, they waited for her to leave and came back to adopt the dog whom Lacy now considers her best friend.
"Despite it being all bark-filled, for the most part it's really therapeutic for me - to know that what I'm doing is benefiting the animals and helping to hopefully make the staff's jobs a little easier by cleaning up, folding laundry, or whatever is necessary," Lacy says.
Please join us in thanking and congratulating our truly dedicated "May Volunteer of the Month," Lacy Jones!
April 2016: Rosemary Young
After visiting the shelter and witnessing the welcoming environment, Rosemary Young began volunteering in 2009. Having previously adopted rescues of her own, she wanted to contribute to the mission of NHA. Starting as a Dog Walker, she has now served in almost any capacity needed from Foster Care to Special Events.
Though her documented hours do not fully illustrate her dedication over the last few years, she has served countless hours working behind the scenes of many NHA and community events. Always flexible and responsive to last-minute requests to fill positions with Teddy's Wagon, assist with Holiday Pet Photos, or serve as a Gift Wrapper at NHA fundraising drives, she is a versatile, gifted, and ever-calm presence.
"I've been blessed in so many ways, I feel it's important for me to give back in some small way. Teddy's Wagon is great because it gives me the opportunity to interact with potential adopters. And the events are fun because they allow me to work side by side with some amazing, dedicated people," Rosemary states.
Kicking off her professional life as a disc jockey right out of college, Rosemary currently works as a writer and producer, often interviewing country artists for syndicated radio shows. Though her full-time gigs keep her very busy, she makes time for another creative endeavor, voice acting for commercials and promotions. Since she contacted Kenneth Tallier, NHA's Public/Media Relations, in 2012 to request Thursday radio station visits to iHeart Media, her initial request of one weekly show visit has evolved into five different show appearances, all of which promote NHA's adoptable visitors via their social media accounts.
"I've been lucky to be able to integrate a lot of what I do for NHA into my work life--especially on Radio Thursday. Needless to say, Radio Thursdays are my favorite day at work. And for other events, I just make the time," Rosemary says.
After dressing dogs for several years at NHA's signature dinner and doggie fashion show, Unleashed, she fused her career, volunteer work, and passion for animals, once again, when she accepted the invitation to serve on the committee as the Celebrity Walker Liaison. Now annually assuming this role over the past three years, she utilizes her media contacts to recruit walkers for the fashion show.
Currently an owner of three dogs, two of whom are former residents of NHA (one foster fail and one Unleashed model) and one from a shelter with whom she previously volunteered in Florida, Rosemary eagerly serves and genuinely enjoys the variety of ways in which she contributes to NHA.
"The people are first-class, the shelter is beautiful and the animals are so well-loved. Many people think shelters are sad places, so I encourage people to visit. All you have to do is walk through the door to see what a special place it is," Rosemary states.
Please join us in thanking and congratulating our outstanding "April Volunteer of the Month," Rosemary Young!
March 2016: John Cooper
Working quietly and independently, John Cooper has been walking dogs at NHA on a weekly basis since Spring 2012. Beginning his volunteerism after his 14-year-old black lab passed away, he sought a place that truly loved dogs, as he and his wife were left without any animals at the time. Now serving nearly 300 hours-to-date, he has dependably served most Thursday or Friday mornings over the past four years.
"It was good therapy, and I wanted to do some volunteer work. I've always loved dogs and have had many over the last forty-five years," John states.
Retired from the Department of Defense, he travelled the world for many years and lived in Germany for several of them. Though his time is limited, as he also cares for his elderly mother, he makes every effort to come in at least once per week.
Always flexible and willing to assist wherever needed, he often fills in as a Media Hound to hold dogs for their Thursday morning website photos. He also worked last September's Clear the Shelters event, assisting potential adopters during the weekend Mars Pedigree sponsored all adoption fees. When requested, he walks dogs in preparation for NHA's signature events and fundraisers like Unleashed and Dog Day.
"I just enjoy being around dogs and the various personalities they display," John states.
Adopting a ten-year-old shepherd mix, Gretchen, from NHA four years ago, and rescuing a stray terrier mix, Oscar, they now have two dogs of their own, yet he continues to dedicate time to the shelter.
"Working at the NHA is great because of the people that work and volunteer there. I enjoy working with people that love and appreciate animals," John says.
Please join us in thanking and congratulating our March Volunteer of the Month, John Cooper!
February 2016: Maureen Thornton
A semi-retired physical therapist and Middle Tennessee resident of 30 years, Maureen Thornton has become a very familiar face around the shelter, achieving nearly 150 hours since she started volunteering in July. As she lovingly cares for strays in her neighborhood in addition to her own animals, she was initially drawn to NHA because of the focus on controlling pet overpopulation. Feeling compelled to repay the shelter for making spay and neuter programs accessible to the community, she diligently creates a monthly volunteer schedule, committing to serving a minimum of six hours per week in conjunction with her other obligations.
"We all need to share the responsibility for animals in our city who are turned out, abused, or neglected," Maureen states.
As she has many of her own rescue pets for which to care, she concentrates her volunteer time on behind the scenes work. Consistently running the computer for many recent Food Banks (even the week of the snowstorm), she comes in weekly to inventory and sort donations in the garage in preparation for the banks. Serving as a Clerical Assistant to our Development Department, she prepares event and fundraising mailouts in the office and collects NHA donation canisters from area locations.
"I am committed and enjoy all of the areas I choose to work in. Everyone is friendly and helpful making it a joy to pitch in and complete each task," Maureen says.
Nurturing by nature and a long-time pet owner, Maureen has three Chihuahuas, two Terriers, one Yorkie, and five indoor cats (in addition to four outdoor cats and strays) for whom she provides. When not working in the shelter or tending to her own household, she volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, speaking for abused and neglected children in the court system, helping them find safe and permanent homes. Through CASA, she has two beautiful children in her care aspiring for permanency in a foster home. She also serves as a TN Achieves Mentor, assisting teens to complete enrollment into a two-year college or technical school and following their progress to graduation.
"NHA stands alone without comparison to other volunteer work. It's relaxed and much easier dealing with feline and canine friends than most adults," Maureen states.
Please join us in thanking and congratulating a truly outstanding "February Volunteer of the Month," Maureen Thornton!
January 2016: Dani Picard
Desiring an avenue in which to hone her photography skills while benefitting the community, Dani Picard joined NHA's volunteer force in Fall of 2013. New to the area, the Vanderbilt graduate student photographed her first NHA event at Howl-O-Ween, a neighborhood Halloween parade in the Gulch featuring a dog costume contest. With a keen eye for catching candid yet perfect poses of the animals, she has since established herself as the Cat Showroom photographer, taking weekly photos of adoptable felines for our website.
"There is only one thing you have to know in order to take a good photo of dogs or cats, and it's the same rule for humans: You have to gain their trust, even if only for the moment it takes for the shutter to click. It's in that moment that you capture something meaningful about them: an intense curiosity, a subtle mischievous streak, a longing for a good belly rub, or - if you're not paying attention - the sneakiness of a quick puppy kiss on your lens," Dani says.
In addition to photography, she works full-time researching, working on her dissertation, and teaching a class in the Certificate in College Teaching Program at Vanderbilt. Arranging her schedule each week so that she purposefully has either one morning or afternoon available (in addition to the occasional Saturdays photographing NHA community events), she dedicates nearly three hours per week to volunteering. Though trained as a Dog Walker and Teddy's Wagon Adoption Assistant, she primarily socializes cats, spending time with them and learning their personalities, enabling her to capture the most expressive photos for their promotion.
"When I'm at NHA working with the animals, the rest of the world fades away for a few hours. The time allows me to focus on building a connection - however brief - with a creature who might be feeling bored, scared, or lonely while waiting for his/her forever home," Dani says.
Though unable to have pets of their own due to travelling for work and both juggling work and school schedules, she and her husband have both had many pets throughout their lives. Through working in the shelter and representing NHA at community events like the Cherry Blossom Festival and Dog Day, she feels that volunteering with animals is the best way for her to currently contribute to their well-being.
"It doesn't seem fair to bring a companion in our lives that wouldn't get the attention he/she deserves. Volunteering at NHA allows me to meet hundreds of loving animals every year," Dani states.
Please join us in thanking and congratulating NHA's very talented "January Volunteer of the Month," Dani Picard!
December 2015: Courtney Hensley
Currently majoring in Veterinary Medicine, college student Courtney Hensley exemplifies true volunteer commitment in making the effort to volunteer almost every weekend while juggling her school and work obligations. Since weekdays don't allow much free time, she dedicates entire Saturdays (8-10 hours) to NHA, going above and beyond in dividing her time between off-site Teddy's Wagon events and shelter tasks. Always arriving a couple of hours prior to shelter open, she helps the driver load the wagon, returns after the events to unload, and stays until the shelter closes, assisting the staff in any capacity needed.
"It is hard for me to get there on a weekday, but I try my best to be there every Saturday doing something, whether it is Teddy's or helping to answer phones and questions. I love Teddy's and the family I have gained through it, the people I have met, and the stories that I have heard. When I am at the shelter, I normally do whatever needs to be done, and I do not stay in one place," Courtney states.
Originally from Virginia and growing up with many pets, she knew at a young age that she wanted to work with animals as an adult. Always having a passion for animals, her first job as a teenager was working with a breeder of Shi Tzu dogs and Persian cats.
"I am studying Veterinary Medicine, so working with animals was a natural decision. I visited NHA, and I fell in love with the atmosphere and the people that were volunteering and working. When I walked in, I knew within the first ten minutes that I wanted to be a volunteer there," Courtney says.
Already achieving nearly 170 service hours in only a little over a year of volunteering, she initially served as a Dog Walker and Cat Socializer. Quickly becoming versed and comfortable in facilitating adoptions, she expanded her service to include Teddy's Wagon in April, already working almost 20 adoption events since the Spring. With thorough knowledge and understanding of adoption protocols and paperwork, she assisted Pet Services by reviewing adoption applications and advising hopeful adopters throughout the Labor Day weekend Mars Petcare "Clear the Shelters" event.
"I love volunteering at NHA because you can tell that the people who work there and the people who volunteer there do it because they have a true heart for animals. The people make a huge difference in whether someone wants to come back or not, and I think that is what sets NHA apart from most other places," Courtney states.
Please join us in thanking and congratulating Courtney Hensley, our "December Volunteer of the Month!"
November 2015: Robyn Peterson
Coming to NHA in late Spring, Volunteer Robyn Peterson has already achieved over 100 hours of service within a few short months. As a Spiritual Counselor and owner of Namaste' From a Distance, she shares various types of Reiki with individuals and animals alike. A mother of two teenage daughters, Robyn came to NHA as her homeschooling teaching schedule recently eased up due to online course opportunities.
Achieving her Master's in Humanistic Science and now a Reiki Master teacher, she first realized her calling upon a conversation with a friend in which she was offering advice and counseling without initially even realizing she was doing so. She started her own counseling service and moved with her family from Chicago in 2003 to escape harsh winter weather, jokingly stating,
"It tries to suck you in with cute snowmen, and building snow forts and snow ball fights, and you buy into it for a while, until you learn to drive. And then you realize it's just plain evil."
A Japanese healing system and non-invasive way to balance mind, body, and spirit, Reiki can be practiced in both hands-on and distance forms, offering flexibility in the ways it can reach the animals at NHA. As this energy allows them to release traumas and issues with which they're struggling, the animals can benefit immensely from it and often leave sessions as nearly different dogs. Sometimes they more relaxed or have made peace with the past and decide they can trust again.
"Many of these animals feel unloved, forgotten, thrown away, and come to the shelter depressed, hopeless, and not understanding what it was that they did wrong. Reiki helps them to realize that they are lovable and restores their hope for a happier, and hopefully, spoiled rotten life," Robyn says.
An owner of two large dogs, a 7-year-old German Shepherd, Savannah, and a 6-year-old Beauceron, Gnocchi, she feels strongly about supporting the animals at NHA, as one of whom her family adopted from the shelter.
"I think Savannah feels that Gnocchi is your typical annoying little brother. While Gnocchi tends to be lost without Savannah, Savannah just wants him to get lost," Robyn states.
Enjoying many aspects of serving at NHA, she looks forward to hearing who's been adopted and who's new to the shelter each time she volunteers. As she focuses on those new shelter residents most timid and afraid, she especially adores watching their transition.
"That moment when you know you've reached them; when you witness that sometimes subtle shift from fear to peace, hopelessness to hopefulness. I love sharing Reiki with the animals and helping them to overcome their past so they can embrace their future," Robyn says.
Please join us in thanking and congratulating Robyn Peterson, our "November Volunteer of the Month!"
October 2015: Jill Moreland
Growing up in a family who rehabilitated and cared for unwanted or 'undesirable' animals, Jill Moreland brought her lifelong and professional experience to NHA in 2013. Previously working in pet supply stores and animal care for 14 years, she noticed older felines typically had slower adoption rates and felt drawn to help. Despite her full-time schedule as the Sr. Manager of Marketing Services at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, she consistently dedicates every Sunday morning to the care of the felines and cleanliness of the Cat Showroom. Missing only one Sunday within her first year of volunteering, she's achieved over 250 service hours-to-date.
"I came to NHA specifically to help adult and 'undesirable' cats get a second (or third) chance. No animal is a lost cause," Jill states.
As a child she recalls her family taking in both exotic and domestic animals alike: a lion cub, cougars, wolves, pigmy goats, macaws, horses, and a longhorn steer. Often nursing and rehabilitating them to good health, she found she learned to speak their language, especially the cats.
"When working with the cats, I love solving kitty puzzles: What can I do to make this cat happier or less stressed? Why is this cat showing fear or aggression? There's always a reason and, usually, a simple solution," Jill says.
An owner of two cats, Emerson and Darcy, and rescuer of many others, she feels each has a story, whether he/she appeared on her doorstep or was found in a drainage ditch. As she enjoys assisting in their transformations, Jill also enjoys sharing her knowledge and experiences with new volunteers and fellow pet parents as a Volunteer Trainer.
"I'm a fountain of random cat trivia, which I love to share with whomever will listen. Cats are frequently misunderstood, and I'm just trying to spread the kitty gospel as much as I can," Jill says.
As many Sundays are often laundry days at the shelter, she frequently takes the initiative of washing and folding aprons for her fellow volunteers' use throughout the week. Though she doesn't often get to work alongside the weekday volunteers, she feels they're all kitty colleagues and work as team, communicating and shifting schedules to ensure the Cat Showroom is always covered.
"I love that the cat volunteers have an 'it takes a village' approach. We constantly leave notes for each other, so we can give each cat the specific attention he or she needs," Jill states.
Because of hers and the cat volunteers' dedication, consistency, and understanding of cat behavior, the staff knows that there are always knowledgeable volunteers who can assist potential adopters in selecting the perfect fit for their home. NHA is fortunate to have their experience and daily observations to constantly provide improvements to the shelter and its systems.
"NHA gives its volunteers a lot of responsibility and trust as well as empowers us to make change. I'm never afraid to bring up a perceived need or make a suggestion. Even if the idea can't be accommodated, I know it has been considered," Jill states.
Please join us in thanking and congratulating our "October Volunteer of the Month," Jill Moreland!
August 2015: Cindy and Hannah Wilson
Always cheerful and enthusiastic, Cindy and Hannah Wilson have logged a combined total of nearly 300 hours since this mother / daughter duo started volunteering in 2010. Serving throughout the duration of her high school career, Hannah often works in the shelter as a Cat Socializer and serves alongside her mother at community events and NHA's annual signature events, Dog Day and Unleashed. Surprising her mom by submitting volunteer applications for both of them, Hannah introduced Cindy to the shelter following a school group visit, and they committed wholeheartedly to volunteering.
"In the beginning, we worked a lot! Wednesdays were our not-to-be-missed day for a very long time," Cindy states.
Echoing her mother's sentiments, Hannah says, "I typically volunteered every Wednesday after school from about 3:30-5 p.m. if I didn't have too much homework. It was my time to de-stress."
As work and school schedules evolved and became more demanding, the two sought more weekend opportunities and joined the Teddy's Wagon Adoption Team. Representing NHA at community events such as the Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival, Nashville Pride Festival, and Musician's Corner, the duo is consistently flexible in serving wherever needed - overseeing booths, event registration, and the NHA Store. Immediately responsive to any task requested of them, they frequently fill in for last-minute needs at many Teddy's Wagon and off-site community events.
When working as a Teddy's Wagon Adoption Assistant, Cindy says, "My favorites are meeting the dogs who were once NHA residents, who come by to say hello and to show me their proud owner - to see the excitement when an entire family comes by with the intent of adoption, seeing the smiles and sometimes happy tears. You know for sure that that dog or cat has just won, big time!"
Hannah, who enjoys bonding with the cats at the shelter, focuses on socializing the timid and fearful residents.
"Several times I have met cats that hissed and bit when volunteers or visitors tried to meet them, but if I took my time and stayed calm, I could pet that cat. Those cats were the most satisfying to care for," Hannah says.
"I love time at the Shelter. I loved when I was there enough to 'know' the animals and be able to answer questions about them for 'forever home' candidates. [My favorite parts of volunteering are] meeting people, hearing their stories, and assisting as they make choices that will change the life of an animal, as well as their own," Cindy says.
Please join us in thanking and congratulating our August Volunteers of the Month, Cindy and Hannah Wilson!
May 2015: Mary Corrigan
Modest and sincere, Mary Corrigan dutifully serves at least several days per week within the shelter and devotes countless hours to working behind the scenes from home. An owner of three cats, all adoptees from NHA, she divides her time among caring for her cats, enjoying her grandchildren, and volunteering at NHA. A retired Financial Assistant for The Community Foundation, she's now fulfilling a lifelong desire to work with animals, already achieving over 300 hours in less than 1.5 years of service.
"When I retired two years ago, it facilitated the opportunity for me to do 'what I really want to do' all the time! Animals have always been a great source of comfort to and companionship for me. Each is so unique and loving," Mary states.
Discovering the shelter upon her first visit to adopt a cat, she was immediately impressed by the beauty and cleanliness of the facility. After spending time in the cat room, she felt drawn to return as a volunteer, primarily caring for the feline residents.
Maintaining a very consistent schedule, work ethic, and routine, she developed rapport with the staff who now entrusts her with minuscule and large tasks alike. Detail-oriented, organized, and thorough she fuses these skills with her work experience so that her duties currently encompass everything from working directly with the cats to leading auction volunteers at NHA's signature events, collecting donation canisters, logging volunteer hours, and developing filing systems.
"My duties at the shelter have evolved over time. I currently help with socializing the cats, assisting visitors in picking out their perfect forever feline friend, cleaning out cat cages, folding laundry, assisting with new volunteer training, helping at fundraising events, picking up donation boxes, and assisting with clerical work," Mary says.
Averaging nearly 30 hours per month, Mary is an exceptional volunteer fully committed to the feline residents and mission of NHA.
"I really enjoy seeing the cats get adopted, and each and every one has a special place in my heart. I know for sure that I have 'teared up' more than once when a cat was adopted into its forever home," Mary states.
Please join us in congratulating and thanking our "May Volunteer of the Month," Mary Corrigan!
April 2015: Scott St. John
Always flexible to any assignment, well-mannered high school senior Scott St. John starts each volunteer shift by greeting NHA Staff and inquiring of any needed tasks. Logging nearly 150 hours in the shelter within his first year of volunteering, he exemplifies true commitment in making the effort to volunteer every weekend and one weekday per week despite school, sports, and extracurricular activity schedules.
"I make it a point to stop in every weekend or whenever I have free time. I don't have any pets, so volunteering is my pet fix. NHA is my first long-term volunteering I've done, and I'm so happy I did," Scott states.
Initially drawn to NHA seeking school service hours, Scott took immediate ownership of his volunteer role with enthusiasm. Primarily focusing his attention on walking dogs, he quickly established a routine, learning not only how to handle the dogs but how to properly clean and care for them. Often stopping by after school for the last hour of the day, he usually assists the Animal Care team with any final feedings or walks before closing time.
"I love all aspects of what I do. I genuinely enjoy talking to staff and helping out with whatever needs to be done," Scott states.
Interacting with potential adopters, he often assists them by suggesting those dogs he feels could be matches for their homes. Because of his dedication to serving as frequently as possible, he takes pride in knowing the dogs, their personalities, and seeing them get adopted.
"I was brought to NHA through school community service and fell in love with the animals and the amazing staff at NHA. I enjoy helping animals find their forever homes. It makes my heart happy," Scott states.
An outstanding example of volunteer accountability, he receives compliments and appreciation from fellow volunteers and staff alike praising his positive attitude, work ethic, and exceptional sense of responsibility.
Please join us in congratulating our April Volunteer of the Month, Scott St. John, and wishing him well as he pursues studying Criminal Justice at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in the Fall!
March 2015: Michelle Buzek
Nurturing and caring in nature, Registered Nurse and Mother of two Michelle Buzek routinely dedicates a minimum of two days per week to walking dogs at NHA. An owner of a Beagle / Terrier mix and Pit Bull / Labrador mix, she concentrates her attention on the large high-energy dogs, as Animal Care Staff regularly tasks her with those most challenging. Previously volunteering with a county facility for seven years and currently dividing her time among multiple organizations and mission trips, she joined NHA's volunteer force in 2012, already accruing nearly 300 service hours to date.
"I treat my volunteering as I would a scheduled appointment that I have to keep. Being consistent is better for both the dogs and me, as I really get to know their personalities," Michelle states.
Michelle not only increases the adoptability of those most jumpy and afraid by frequently exercising and socializing them but also by imparting her knowledge and stressing dependability to new volunteers when leading classes as a Volunteer Trainer. A lifelong dog owner and animal lover, she believes the best aspect of working with the dogs is watching those previously in bad situations find their forever homes and hopes to facilitate this process by walking, holding, and loving them, even if she only gets to visit with them briefly.
"Some dogs I only see for a short time, so I try to live in the 'now.' I think, "What can I do to make this dog's life better today?" she asks.
Serving each year as a Doggie Dresser at NHA's annual signature event, Unleashed, representing NHA at various community events, and working as an Adoption Assistant on Teddy's Wagon, Michelle is an invaluable volunteer who sincerely supports and actively contributes to NHA's mission of promoting animal welfare and adoption.
"NHA is by far my favorite place to volunteer. Homeless animals are my passion, and it doesn't get any better than unconditional love wrapped in fur," she states.
Please join us in congratulating and praising our "March Volunteer of the Month," Michelle Buzek!
February 2015: Joseph Wagner
Soft-spoken and unassuming, Joseph Wagner has already logged over 175 hours since he started volunteering in May. A man of many talents, the retired landscape designer and farm owner uses his lifelong experience with animals in walking the shelter dogs 12-15 days per month. Growing up and handling primarily medium to large-sized dogs, he believes he understands something new about them during every visit.
"I learn every time I come. I thought I knew a lot, but I'm seeing all the differences in them. It's both educational and rewarding because I'm learning more about something I love," Joseph states.
Joseph found NHA upon moving into a nearby condo that does not allow large breeds, as he and his wife had to place their 8-year-old yellow Labrador with another family. Missing his dog and seeking a meaningful way to spend his free time, he discovered the shelter is only minutes away from their new location.
"That's it! I've had the experience of living with and loving so many dogs. That's what I need to do - help the dogs and help the people pick the right one to adopt," Joseph states.
Always looking for ways to help, he often assists fellow volunteer and photographer, Mike Noble, as a Media Hound and feels strongly that the promotion of the dogs is necessary. As a relatively new volunteer, he also agreed to serve as a Kennel Buddy Aide for the duration of Critter Camp this past summer, showing campers how to properly approach and walk dogs.
"While I hadn't done anything like that before, I learned to teach the children as I relate to the animals," Joseph states.
Feeling working with the dogs feeds the body mentally and physically, he enjoys meeting the dogs, discovering their personalities, and gaining their respect and trust while improving his physical condition.
"Walking dogs is good for the mind in that only thing to think about is the task at hand. I consider all of the homeless dogs at NHA in some way to be my dogs until the happy day they go to their forever home," he states.
Please join us in congratulating Joseph Wagner, NHA's February Volunteer of the Month!
Volunteer & Humane Education Coordinator
January 2015: Nan Shinn
A retired medical office manager, Nan Shinn has logged over 800 hours in just a little over two years of volunteering at NHA. Constantly cleaning cages and litter boxes, organizing and distributing toys and supplies, replenishing birdfeeders, and washing and folding aprons, she currently manages the cat showroom a minimum of four mornings per week. Concentrating her love and attention on the older feline residents, she feels they are sometimes overlooked, as visitors are naturally drawn to the kittens.
"I could spend all day in the kitten room, but I don't because they receive plenty of attention. I focus on the ones in the cages because they are the ones that need the most help," Nan says.
Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, she cannot stand or work for more than three hours at a time but never rests when on duty. Even on days she isn't scheduled to volunteer, she and her husband often drop in to check and refill the birdfeeders with seed.
"Because I work about four days a week, I get to know the kitties very well. I can help someone adopt a certain kind of cat when I hear what they are looking for. The more I get to know each cat, the more I fall in love with all of them," Nan says.
An owner of six cats, she and her husband, Kim, adopted four of them from NHA. Two of whom, Felix and Oscar (formerly Radar), lived at the shelter for many months and were required to be adopted together. As Felix was described as an autistic cat, he would not allow anyone to touch him.
"It took about six months for Felix to get in my lap, and I cried when he did. He still has problems with anyone else petting him," Nan says.
In describing each of her cats' individual personalities and behaviors as well as those she cares for in the shelter, Nan conveys her passion for animals and compassion for those hurting. A long-time volunteer of Alive Hospice Nashville (after her sister passed away, and the hospice in CA had provided great care for her), she fused her love of animals with her gratitude by fostering the pet therapy program for many years, in which her other two cats participated as therapy cats.
"I finally felt like my vessel was dry. It is difficult to be with the dying for that many years. I was happy to start at NHA with a full heart. I have seen a lot and hope to make a difference in the future," Nan says.
Please join us in thanking and congratulating our dedicated "January Volunteer of the Month," Nan Shinn!
December 2014: Marguerite Stack
December 2014 Volunteer of Month
Always dependable and earnest, Cat Socializer Marguerite Stack plays many imperative roles nurturing the health and happiness of NHA's feline residents. Though she humbly prefers no recognition, she has already accumulated 325 hours in the shelter alone, not counting her off-site contributions, within her first year of volunteering.
When complimented on her service, Marguerite candidly jokes, "Since I like animals better than people, NHA seemed the perfect place. I volunteer because I retired and had too much time on my hands. It keeps me off the streets."
Utilizing her creativity and background as an Administrative Assistant, she frequently takes initiative to help new volunteers by creating cat showroom materials and makes items for the cats themselves, including toys and beds. A natural teacher, she trains new volunteers and, during Critter Camp or shelter tours, shows children how to approach cats.
Working diligently and graciously behind the scenes, Marguerite displays her love and affection for all animals. An owner of three cats, Flop, Flip, and Gotee, she also feeds neighborhood outdoor cats (and even possums when they visit her yard).
"I like animals because they love you unconditionally, only ask to be loved. The cats help me much more than I do them. That's all I need," Marguerite states.
Please join us in thanking and congratulating, Marguerite Stack, our "December Volunteer of the Month!"
November 2014: Kerrie Geer
Initially discovering Nashville Humane Association as a pet owner seeking spay / neuter services for her own dogs, volunteer, Kerrie Geer, stumbled into what has now become an around-the-clock, 4-year commitment of fostering. Previously a surgical nurse, she had recently moved from Massachusetts after concluding her career due to disability when Tracey Shannon, Vet Services Supervisor, first approached her about taking in medically challenged fosters.
"When I became disabled my need to care for others didn't disappear. Volunteering my time and skills has shown me a way to be able to satisfy my needs as well as care for those who can't care for themselves," Kerrie states.
Fostering more than 1,500 animals over the last two years alone, she has worked with animals facing a multitude of challenges. From taking in and assisting pregnant dogs in labor (for 24 hours straight in some instances), to calming the anxious coping with trust issues that often yield skin infections or other physical ailments, she says no two situations are alike. Some fosters stay for a few weeks while others reside for a few months.
"Each animal that comes through my home has brought with them loving personalities, individual challenges and countless hours of enjoyment as we help them get to where they need to be to help them find their forever homes," Kerrie says.
An owner of nine dogs and two cats, she is passionate about her volunteer work. While fostering is her top priority, she and her family make weekly visits to the shelter to assist Vet Services, and also graciously dedicate additional time to ROVER's microchip clinics and Teddy's Wagon events.
"Fostering awards us hours of enjoyment watching a playful pup play with our own animals or much needed cuddling time with an otherwise nervous, scared animal and many, many photo ops. It's nice to know that we have had a part in the animal's journey to their forever homes," Kerrie states.
October 2014: Kathy Ogles
October 2014 Volunteer of Month
A consistently energetic and upbeat presence, Kathy Ogles approaches any task with enthusiasm and a smile. A long-time NHA supporter through donations and gifts of condolences as friends lost pets, she began volunteering in the Spring, seeking more hands-on opportunities. An animal lover and owner of two cats, Boodah and Ying Yang, one of whom a former NHA resident, she initially focused on Cat Socialization.
"Unlike dogs who usually greet you with a smile and wagging tail, cats are more prone to take a message and get back to you at their convenience. That's where it's fun and challenging trying to get to know each of the cats, learn about their personalities and help them transition to a new life and hopefully a lifelong companionship," Kathy states.
Fusing her understanding of cat behavior with her own outgoing personality, she jumped at the chance to fulfill the role as one of NHA's beloved mascots, "Fluffy," during NHA's casting calls. Working full-time as a Contract Manager, Kathy graciously devotes many Saturdays and Sundays off (and occasionally weekdays as requested) alongside fellow mascot, "Rover," to promoting NHA at community events like Musician's Corner, our annual Dog Day Festival, and various venues hosting Teddy's Wagon. Engaging adults and children alike with her feline antics, she, accompanied by "Rover," has led parades at the Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival and Bark in the Park and has even starred in the recent video shoot of "Best Day of My Life."
"People often comment 'I don't see how you do what you do with all the heat and temperature in a big furry suit.' Then my mind flashes back to the wide-eyed expression of a young child's first glance at the big red cat or the glimpse of a physically challenged person who lights up when you reach out to greet them because they can't reach youâ€¦that's how," Kathy states.
But her volunteering doesn't stop there. Not only does she commit full days to the entire process of mascoting, from preparations of loading supplies to cleaning and unloading costumes post-event, she continually pursues any opportunity to assist while working in the shelter. Addressing staff and volunteers alike with her favorite phrase,"whatever you need," she is equally as sincere and animated in organizing supplies and interacting with potential adopters as she is playing "Fluffy" at a noted event.
"Work pays the bills but giving feeds the soul. Volunteering is a commitment. It's the spirit of giving and being able to help others and hopefully make a difference that's my driving force," Kathy states.
Please join me in congratulating our "October Volunteer of the Month," Kathy Ogles (aka "Fluffy")!
September 2014: Carly Southworth
Seeking a place that would allow her to contribute her free time and fuse her unique skills as a social worker with her love of animals, Carly Southworth started volunteering at NHA in February. Owner of an 8-year-old Black Labrador and German Shepherd mix named Shelby and considering herself primarily a 'dog person,' she initially volunteered as a Dog Walker, walking and caring for dogs on the adoption floor.
Quickly realizing a need for staffing at events, she joined Teddy's Team in June. Consistently serving an average of 30 hours per month, she now tirelessly devotes many weekends to working Teddy's Wagon events in addition to her on-site commitment as a dog socializer and adoption assistant.
"Either on Teddy's Wagon or at the shelter, I absolutely love introducing people to animals. I love talking with and helping people think through what animal would be the best addition to their families," Carly states.
When volunteering in the shelter, Carly often greets potential adopters in the lobby or lends them a hand in the kennels or yard. For those animals not featured at community events due to either the weather being too hot for their breed or the overwhelming presence of crowds, she feels especially compelled to champion and facilitate adoptions.
"I enjoy being at the shelter where I can advocate for and spotlight those animals whose only opportunity to meet a family is from the shelter," Carly says.
Drawing from her experiences as a pet-owner and social worker, she feels the most rewarding part of volunteering is seeing the connections between humans and animals and firmly believes in the power and healing of those relationships.
"Facilitating or witnessing the first few moments in what we hope will be life-long relationships makes my heart leap. Because I am passionate about issues of animal welfare, I consider my volunteer work at NHA a priority in my life. I always leave there feeling valued and as if my time and work is important and meaningful," Carly states.
Please join us in thanking and congratulating Carly Southworth, our September Volunteer of the Month!
August 2014: Mike Noble
A long-time animal lover and gifted artist, volunteer Mike Noble has been devoting his professional photography skills to NHA since 2009. Not only serving as photographer for weekly Media Hound pictures, featuring the newest adoptees on our website, he also routinely lends his talents to capture the most candid shots at NHA's annual fundraisers and community events such as: Dog Day & Mutt Strutt Festival, Top Tails Donor Society reception, and Cause for Paws luncheon.
Initially offering his skills in an effort to learn lighting techniques and hone his abilities in pet photography, rehearsals have developed into routine.
"As I gained my experience, my relationship with NHA has grown to include doing some of the events, and it has worked out pretty well for us. I don't live far from the facility, and I've always had a love for animals and pets, especially dogs, so I thought there was a good opportunity to give back to the community there," Mike says.
A dog owner his entire life, he feels strongly about utilizing his talents for the mission of NHA.
"There are several things that I enjoy about volunteering at NHA such as the people, the pets, and the photography. But feeling like I'm contributing in helping the dogs find their forever home is fulfilling and rewarding," Mike says.
Please join me in thanking and congratulating, Mike Noble, our "August Volunteer of the Month!"
July 2014: Karen Taylor
An advocate of animal adoption and owner of several pet rescues, Karen Taylor has logged over 160 hours since becoming an active NHA volunteer in 2012. Currently devoting the majority of her time to working in the garage, she unassumingly counts in donations and assists our Facility Operations Manager, Karen Baker, with the insurmountable task of organizing our Community Pet Food Bank and storage supplies.
Desiring to care for animals and show them human kindness, Karen initially volunteered as a Dog Walking Assistant. Quickly noticing an emphasis on dog walking and realizing the more mundane tasks being overlooked, she shifted her focus to garage organization.
"There were so many people helping walk the dogs, and no one was helping in the garage, and I felt that was something I could do. Also, Karen and I seemed to connect and communicate well, which made it easy to work together," Karen says.
Exemplifying the mission of NHA, she adopted one of her family pets, Lauren (a 7-year-old Labrador mix) from NHA in 2007. She and her family also rescued current pets, Katy (a 16-year-old cat) and Bandit (a 3-year-old German Shepard / Chow mix). Knowing her limitations on taking in additional animals and wanting others to feel the unconditional love animals can provide, she takes comfort in believing the shelter will find them good homes.
"I can get all the Puppy and Kitty kisses and then I can help in the garage. To me, it is the best of both worlds - fur baby loving. I remain physical, and I can help someone who truly needs and appreciates it," Karen says.
Please join us in thanking and congratulating Karen Taylor, our "July Volunteer of the Month!"