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Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Kristine

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What do you do in your volunteer role at the WCA?Kristine-Dukes

I am the Lead Ambassador and my main job is being Ambassador Chair Diana Burrell’s “right hand.” This might entail giving one-on-one Ambassador 101 trainings for those who can’t make it to monthly group trainings with Katherine Johnson, recruiting people to take t­­­­­ours of the WCA, or brainstorming ideas for how we can help other agencies implement Ambassador programs.

I’ve been a table host at the WCA annual breakfast the last two years and I love to do outreach projects in the community where I get to talk with people and tell them about the great services and offerings the WCA provides for the community at large.

How long have you been a volunteer?

I’ve been a volunteer for about 18 months.

What do you find most rewarding about your work at the WCA?

The hope that comes from knowing that lives are changing for the better, and the friendships I’m making. I’m inspired by the compassion and dedication of the entire team at the WCA.

How have you changed or grown as a person through your work here?

I’d like to share a quote from Alice Walker that a professor I most admire shared with our class this week. It sums up what’s changed for me and how I’ve grown.

“It has become a common feeling, I believe, as we have watched our heroes falling over the years, that our own small stone of activism, which might not seem to measure up to the rugged boulders of heroism we have so admired, is a paltry offering toward the building of an edifice of hope. Many who believe this choose to withhold their offerings out of shame. This is the tragedy of the world. For we can do nothing substantial toward changing our course on the planet, a destructive one, without rousing ourselves, individual by individual, and bringing our small, imperfect stones to the pile.”

My growth and change comes from realizing I can’t do it all but I can do something.

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