Get Involved, Be Inspired

In honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Week, we wanted to share this letter written by CCRI Volunteer Val Kettner. We are so lucky to have amazing volunteers like Val. Thank you for all you do to ensure the people we support live their best life.

A few years back, I was asked to serve on a committee at CCRI. Of course when the request came from Executive Director Shannon Bock there was no other answer than yes! Shannon exudes such a tremendous passion for her work that I simply had to come on board and learn more.

What a remarkable few years it has been! CCRI provides tremendous opportunities for the people they support! There is something for everyone to participate in, which means there are lots of opportunities for me to get involved. And in my family that involvement takes many forms, such as behind the scenes planning and development, attending an event, donating resources to fund events and operations, or simply spreading the word about the valuable work this organization does in our community.

Through my committee service, I have had the privilege to get to know many of the staff at CCRI— what an incredible group! Every interaction is positive, full of energy, and portrays such a deep commitment to their purpose. If you spend any time with them, you quickly find yourself caught up in their energy and “can do” attitude. The enthusiasm is contagious! I have never heard anyone at CCRI say something was impossible. Rather, I see the efforts and focus of the staff collectively finding ways and resources to make opportunities happen. They are determined and connected and successful. Who wouldn’t want to be a part, no matter how small, of such a dynamic team?

I have also had the pleasure of interacting with many people supported by CCRI and their families, either through service at their annual turkey dinner, at events such as TableScapes, or seeing them employed throughout the community. Every interaction has been a blessing to me, and I can’t help but smile when I am told to “have a great day” or offered a mint as I leave the CCRI office. And every story I hear about someone overcoming a challenge with the assistance of CCRI brings tears to my eyes and renews my faith in mankind and miracles! I find myself humbled after every interaction, and so very thankful CCRI is here and is engaged in such important work.

I sincerely believe in and support the creative care for reaching independence that is CCRI. And I am truly blessed for having the opportunity to volunteer—in any fashion—at such an incredible organization. CCRI has given me so much more than I ever imagined, and continues to enforce the importance of inclusiveness, community, and perseverance. If I had to select one word to sum up my experiences at CCRI, it would be “inspiring”. Thank you CCRI!

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