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After a decades-long career working for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Stephanie Snook has changed gears, but not pace, and volunteers cuddling babies in the NICU at Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene.
Gowdy didn’t think volunteering project would catch on. But in the past year, he’s won accolades for his work and spoken at dozens of local schools. He still tries to do an act of service every day, even when he’s swamped with homework. “I’ve never regretted it after I’ve done it,” he said. “It’s like exercising.”
One day, an elderly neighbor asked Sather Gowdy to help her with some groceries. To his surprise, the work was therapeutic, a way to center himself while helping someone else. It was, he said, the first time he had felt truly happy in weeks. So he didn’t stop.
A former Occupy Wall Street protester and volunteer medic who had taken up the cause of the Middle East’s Kurds was one of two American volunteers killed while fighting against the Islamic State group in Syria.
When a windstorm hit Spokane with 70 mph winds that left most residences without power, a fifth-grader directed his thoughts toward those with no home at all.
It might have been following in family footsteps, or possibly too many binge-watching sessions of “Grey’s Anatomy,” or maybe it was as simple as opening the first door into the rest of their lives without realizing it. No matter what led high school seniors Zac Dockins and Felicity Pollard to the Gritman Medical Center Junior Volunteers program four years ago, both would say it has changed who they are academically and personally, and maybe even the perception of teenagers in the community.
Chuck and Janet Boehme are regular American Red Cross volunteers, so on Oct. 9 the active retirees agreed to drive one of its specially-equipped feeding vehicles from Kennewick to a flooded region of the East Coast after Hurricane Matthew.
Every year it takes about 400 volunteers to put on the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, but even with all of those hands, organizing one of the world’s largest and oldest jazz festivals presents some difficulties.
Don Gorman began volunteering for the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum before it existed and he never quit. The way Gorman tells the story, he met Chuck King at a picnic at Terrace View Park back in the early 2000s where King was giving rides in an antique merry-go-round shaped like a rocket ship.
You may call it many things, but don’t call it a thrift store. At least not while Phoebie Hensley is within earshot.
Shirley Braswell can’t let anyone pass without a friendly jibe. Her quick wit makes her a favorite at the Lake City Center in Coeur d’Alene, which serves lunches and provides activities for the area’s senior crowd.
SEATTLE — The Peace Corps says the University of Washington, Western Washington University and Gonzaga University are among the best places in the nation for recruiting volunteers.
Holly Weiler, 34, has a trail addiction. If she’s not hiking, running, pedaling or skiing trails, she’s building or maintaining them. Her enthusiasm extends to collecting pulaskis and other trail tools. She counts her cross-cut saws among her family and she knows how to pack and use them.
Timothy Woods jokingly admits that his career as a volunteer for Riverside State Park began for purely selfish reasons: to keep the Centennial Trail free of pinecones and pine needles so it is easier for him to ride his bike there. “I was out riding and I stopped and asked the man who was weeding and cleaning up the trail if he needed any help. He said yes,” Woods said.
Susan Cairy is the volunteer program coordinator for the Spokane County Juvenile Court, and she’s looking for a few good people who would like to become Court Appointed Special Advocates. CASA, as the program is known, also appropriately means “home” in Spanish. Many of the juvenile court cases deal with finding permanent homes for children who have been neglected, removed from their biological homes or whose parents have abandoned them.
Warm greetings met Broderick Hirai, 20, as he walked down the halls of a North Side nursing home last week. Nurses smiled. Residents reached for his hand. When he entered Bob Inkpen’s room, the 94-year-old’s face creased with a broad grin.