National Volunteer Week is April 7-13, 2019. We here at the YMCA of Greater Richmond wanted to take this time to highlight some of our amazing volunteers.
We spoke with Tuckahoe Family YMCA Senior Programs Volunteer, Evalynn Miller, who shared her Volunteer Story with us.
Evalynn Miller – Senior Programs Volunteer for the Tuckahoe Family YMCA
Q: Can you tell us a little about yourself?
A: I am a retired a teacher. I have been married for 28 years and have two children. My daughter recently graduated and is getting married in September. My son is taking culinary classes and works in wellness at the Tuckahoe Y. I recently found a part time job I love. So, I feel blessed with my busy life. My goal is to attend five Y classes a week. I appreciate the enthusiast instructors and variety of classes.
Q: How did you come to volunteer at the Y?
A: The Y has been an important part of my family’s life for many years. At the Tuckahoe Y, my children learned to swim, played sports, had birthday parties, attended Halloween parties, participated in fitness programs, and took classes, and even went there to stay cool when we lost power. I have benefited from being part of the Y community and wanted to give back.
Q: What makes your Y volunteer opportunity special?
A: Six years ago, I was diagnosed with a rare lung disease and placed on oxygen. After pulmonary rehabilitation, I turned to the Y for exercise, a chance to socialize, and the opportunity to be around positive people. I now have the chance to give back to the members who were so kind and supportive to me.
Q: What’s something you hope individuals you interact with at the Y take away from this experience?
A: I hope they know they are appreciated and important members of the Y community.
Q: What’s something you’re taking away from this volunteer experience?
A: I am so lucky. I have the opportunity to be creative and work when I have the most energy. I love having members tell me the favors brightened their day.
Q: And our final question, what would you say to people interested in volunteering for the Y?
A: Whatever your talents and no matter the amount of time you have to give, we need you. The Y staff will find a way for you to share your passion, talents, and gifts.
National Volunteer Week is April 7-13, 2019. Consider celebrating with one of our many opportunities at the YMCA. Find the perfect opportunity for you here.