We want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all of the amazing individuals who have dedicated their service to Blue Ridge over the years. Deepest thanks to our most loyal volunteers:Marie & Frank Pardue Dave/Kathy Shute Paige Ryan Paul/Nina Montgomery Mary & Ralph Noble Betty Davis Louise Sims Dan & Susan Harvey Rosemary Smith Rose Bennett Richard/Nancy Weeks Ann Weeks Suzanne Mabie Ginny/Mel Diehl Jacqueline/Ed Webster Jerry/Nancy Bullock Joe/Sybil Brindley Leslie/Richard Dennis
Also, special recognition goes to Jim Ingram and John Wolford who serve double-duty on our Board of Directors. And to countless others who have volunteered their time and talents, we salute you. YOU make our mission possible.
Two of our most recent volunteers, Claire Miller and Ila Lewis, came to us from a suburb of Sacramento, California. Ila heard of Blue Ridge during her time volunteering at Colorado’s Estes Park YMCA in the fall of 2011 and recruited Claire as her travel companion.
Former coworkers (both now retired) the pair set out for a service-learning adventure in the Appalachian mountains. They scheduled an entire month to make their journey across the country, including two weeks at Blue Ridge!
What is your favorite part about Blue Ridge? Claire: I’m a nature enthusiast so the peaceful setting of the Assembly is my idea of sublime Name three words to summarize your time on the mountain: Claire: 1) Welcoming 2) Busy 3) Worthwhile What are your plans when you return home? Ila: I plan to look into some more volunteer work in my community.
Ila and Claire served for 2 weeks and were able to work in nearly all departments, including the BRAND NEW coffee shop in Blue Ridge Center on its opening week.
We’re so grateful for their service and are looking forward to seeing our next batch of volunteers in just a few weeks!
To learn more about our volunteer program, contact Campus life Director email@example.com.