“My twin sons were 15 months old and I thought I might like a little part-time job for a couple of hours a week. I worked in Child Watch, back then it was called Babysitting, for about 2 weeks and then was moved to the Front Desk. Ten months later a full-time opportunity became available. Now, I work “upstairs” in the business end of the building. The “downstairs” and Membership keep us very busy, especially now during the Annual Campaign. This time of year, fundraising is my primary goal. Be it soliciting donations, posting pledges, thanking donors or helping other campaigners achieve their goals, there are not enough hours in the day. I know my job directly impacts people for the better and that is a great feeling. I sit on the Financial Assistance Committee, where I review requests for financial assistance. Knowing that a single parent can go to work to support their family while their baby is here in Child Care or their kids are in summer camp means we are doing something right. Knowing cancer survivors and MS or diabetes patients are living a healthier life because of our efforts, again is doing something right. Educating our youth and engaging seniors, again something right. I think one of the most interesting aspects of my job has to be working and interacting with the Board of Directors and Trustees. Many of these volunteers have worked tirelessly for this Y for decades! Someday, when I have time, I would like to add up all their years of service. They come from all walks of life and bring their own brand of expertise to any situation which arises. Through their efforts they have led the community to transform this Y from its start in 1947 as a little branch of the Plainfield Y to the thriving organization we are today.”

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