Lori McGinley has been a volunteer with Community Living’s Adult Recreation program since 2001. The Suburban Journal featured a list of volunteer opportunities and that’s how Lori got connected with us. “I circled the one’s that interested me and Community Living was the first one I visited and that’s where I stayed,” Lori said. In her own words …
Why do you volunteer with Community Living? “Well, it’s just a lot of fun,” Lori said. “For me the activities are enjoyable and the clients have so much fun. It gives me an opportunity to do crafts and go places I wouldn’t normally go, like the Zoo, because I don’t have children. This is my family now.
“In 2010, I signed up to volunteer at a golf activity and I didn’t feel well. I was with Community Living staff, but I didn’t want to just leave, so I asked if my husband (Fred) could come and take my place. So, my husband came up and golfed with the group and then he started signing up to volunteer at various events.”
What are some of your favorite volunteer experiences with Adult Recreation? “I like doing craft classes,” Lori said. “I have also been painting sets for the Drama Club (upcoming production of “Mary Poppins”). Crafts are one of my favorite experiences.”
Do you have any advice to new or potential volunteers with Community Living? “Treat the clients just like you would your friends,” Lori said. “Talk to them like any other person and engage with them. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.”
If you’re interested in volunteering, sign up today.