Hands and Feet: Meet Our Volunteers

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We hope you enjoyed our first blog post in a new series about our volunteers that debuted a few weeks ago. This week we’re introducing you to another awesome volunteer, Bernadette Potts!

Meet Bernadette Potts

How long have you been volunteering at GPCC?
I have been volunteering at GPCC since 1997, but I did take a year or so off twice during that time.  

What role do you serve at GPCC?
My role has always been as a peer advocate.  I truly enjoy meeting one-on-one with our clients and I am especially grateful when we are able to establish a rapport that leads to continued mentoring relationships.   

What do you do when you’re not volunteering?
I supervise a customer service/clerical team in my employment with the City of Greensboro.  I love to visit the library, bookstores, and enjoy reading Christian fiction (especially suspense/mystery).  I enjoy writing and have self-published one offering in my “Itty-Bitty Book” series, This Chick Knows ~ Tiny Peeps of Wisdom for Young Ladies Who are Seeking GOD’s Will for Their Life.  When I vacation, the beach is my favorite destination.  I also enjoy spending time with my family.  I am a member of Oak Ridge First Baptist Church and serve in the Intercessory Prayer ministry, and I currently serve as the President of our Missionary Ministry.

How did you first hear about GPCC and what made you want to get involved?
I think it was either in 1995 or 1996 when I heard a WFMY news segment about GPCC on the radio.  I was attending church at that time, but I was also living with my now husband who was not my husband at that time.  I wanted to get involved because I had experienced crisis pregnancies just like the clients of GPCC.  My pastor teaches that God doesn’t only save us from something (sin), but He also saves us to something (service).  Several months after my husband and I married in 1996, I applied to GPCC as a volunteer and was accepted into the training.

What do you enjoy the most about being a volunteer?
Having the opportunity to meet with and, hopefully, impact a young woman (and sometimes her boyfriend or husband) in a positive manner when she is faced with a crisis pregnancy, or a pregnancy scare.  To be able to share the hope that Christ brings to every situation.  To be a listening ear, a sharer of resource information, a sounding board, a mentor, a sharer of the Gospel.  Receiving ultrasound pictures, new baby pictures, and continuing to hear from clients regularly or from time to time.

What is the most challenging part of being a volunteer?
Remembering that I have limitations and that all the results are in God’s hands. Also not beating myself up when a client chooses abortion.  God had to teach me that He already knows the client’s decision before we ever meet.  Even when He knows that she is not going to carry to term, God sends her to GPCC anyway because He wants her to: hear the Gospel message, experience His caring compassion through GPCC, gain understanding of her decision, know that she can change her mind, establish a connection with a Christian, and so many other reasons that I cannot even imagine.  

What would you say to someone who is interested in volunteering but nervous about getting involved?
If GPCC interests you, take the plunge.  I believe that the interest is God’s way of encouraging you to get involved.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
The superpower of rewind!  I’d choose this so that I could have the opportunity to go back and correct the mistakes and poor choices that I’ve made, especially the ones that have affected my children and grandchildren in an adverse manner.  Regret is a heavy load to carry especially when part of my burden becomes the burden of those whom I love.

Think You’d Like to Give it a Try?

If you are interested in learning more about getting connected with GPCC, check out our volunteer webpage to read about our current needs and how to get started. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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