BY KATIE MATTESON
I had the opportunity to meet Yo Guerra at ReStore Racine when we were there to work on the story for this issue. She’s an active volunteer there, working every day the store is open. While she didn’t want her photo to appear in the magazine, she said I could quote her inspirational words about the value of volunteering and the positive impact it’s had on her life.
An injury at work forced her into early retirement and she found herself moping around the house feeling sorry for herself. That all changed when she started volunteering at ReStore seven years ago.
She has a renewed purpose, has met new friends and truly enjoys her work making repairs to donated items and dismantling unusable items to be recycled. She’s handy that way.
And she sees lots of potential for young people to get involved. “Volunteering is more than a thing to do for the young,” she said. “It offers an excellent spot on the resume, countless experiences…work ethic, experience dealing with an array of tasks…”
The Racine Zoo is another place offering great volunteer opportunities. I had no idea that the zoo has more than 100 people in its volunteer programs open to adults and teens. Check out the story on Page 12.
Downtown Racine Corporation is gearing up for its annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Public Art Project and can always use help from folks interested in supporting the events that bring people downtown to enjoy the amazing array of shopping, dining and entertainment locations. Last year I handed out beads and took photos. It was fun. For details about the parade and public art project, see the story on Page 8.
In this month’s Racinian to Know, you’ll meet Tricia Blasko, Curator of Education at the Racine Art Museum and learn about some wonderful programs and more opportunities for volunteering. That story starts on Page 6.
And these are just a few examples, there are many more nonprofits in town that really need your help. I would suggest picking a place that you enjoy visiting or have a passion for supporting.
Volunteering is such a great way to contribute to the community and here’s the magic…no matter how much you give, you usually receive more in return.
And, here’s a shout out to the nice people at Grace Lutheran Church’s Growing Strong with Grace fellowship group for inviting me to speak at their last meeting. I really enjoy the opportunity to meet our readers and get direct feedback about our magazine. It’s a bonus when the group treats me to a meal and in this case, snapped a keepsake photo (thanks John Adams).