Christine Hill is a new volunteer with Community Living. She volunteered at the Legacy Ball in March and then began volunteering with Adult Recreation Services soon after, where she has been painting set designs for the Drama Club. Her daughter, Emma, is in the SOAR (Social Opportunities and Recreation) program and is beginning to transition into Adult Recreation. In her own words …
Why do you volunteer with Community Living? “I like to support my children when they need me the most, and right now Emma needs me,” Christine said. “She’s going through a big transition in her life – graduating from high school and becoming an adult. For me to be able to volunteer with the Adult Recreation program, it’s a win/win all around. I get to help my daughter transition and I get to help with the program. Plus, I saw “Shrek: The Musical” last year and was super impressed. I’ve always wanted to be a theater person, so this is my chance to be a part of it.”
What are some of your favorite volunteer experiences with Adult Recreation? “I enjoy seeing the members of Adult Recreation learn new things and make new friends,” Christine said. “My ulterior motive is to help my daughter, but I’m making a difference, too. I want to know everyone in Adult Recreation. The members are so fun and they deserve to do as many fun things as anyone else, and I get to help with that. The members are broadening my world. They want to get to know you and that is a great feeling. I’m one more person for them to talk to and that helps broaden their world. They’re giving a lot to me and I want to give back. Adult Recreation is an incredible program.”
Do you have any advice to new or potential volunteers with Community Living? “Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone,” Christine said. “You’ll be glad you did. You don’t have to be an expert on developmental disabilities. They’re just people and they are a wonderful group to be around.”
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