Hands and Feet: Meet Our Volunteers

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This week we are continuing our blog series which introduces you to our lovely volunteers. These men and women who serve at the Care Center are so crucial to our mission. We are so thankful for everything they do and the time they sacrifice on a weekly basis. This week we’re excited to introduce to you: Stacy Helt! If you’ve missed our other volunteer highlights, you can check them out here, here, and here!volunteer

How long have you been volunteering at GPCC?
I’ve been volunteering at GPCC for a little over two years.  I applied and did my training in the spring of 2014, and I began volunteering in early summer of that year.

What role do you serve at GPCC?
The first summer that I volunteered, I started off by facilitating Truth Talk, a class that focused on relationships. Then, as I became comfortable with leading small classes, I started working one-on-one with clients, acting as a peer advocate for pregnancy test appointments.  Recently, I have also been trained in how to administer (let clients self-administer) STI testing and help clients choose baby and maternity items from our Care Cottage.

What do you do when you’re not volunteering?
I am a fourth grade teacher in the public school system.  I also love to read, geocache, make vegan recipes, and spend time with my grown children.  My husband and I have just recently become empty-nesters who would like to be more fit, so we bought kayaks!  Notice that I didn’t say that we’re kayakers yet, but we took the first step.

How did you first hear about GPCC and what made you want to get involved?
In the last house we lived in, the previous owner must have been a donor to GPCC because we received a newsletter every few months.  I would look at the newsletter and think that it sounded like a great place to volunteer, but it actually took me a few years to follow through.  My husband and I were young when we became parents, but we had a lot of support, and I wanted to give back by helping men and women in crisis feel like they have the information they need in their decision-making.

What do you enjoy the most about being a volunteer?
I really enjoy connecting with people and reassuring them that someone cares about them and their child. Sharing God’s love blesses them and me!

What is the most challenging part of being a volunteer?
The hardest part of volunteering at GPCC is making sure I’m emotionally prepared for whoever comes in for my next appointment.  It’s hard to emotionally push the rest of a long day at work aside so I can be fully ready to serve others, but it’s very rewarding!

What would you say to someone who is interested in volunteering but nervous about getting involved?
Please pray about whether this is what God wants you to do.  If you think it’s what you’re supposed to do, don’t put it off!  There are plenty of clients who could use your particular insights and life experience.  We’re meant to share this life together.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
I know it’s cheesy, but I have always wanted to fly.  How would I help people by flying?  I’m not sure, but it would be so fun!

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 hot to get started. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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