Congratulations to Rebecca, our February 2019 Volunteer of the Month. Rebecca has been consistently volunteering with Inspiration for more than a year. She recently helped us with Taste of Uptown! Read more about Rebecca in her own words below.
I first learned about Inspiration Corporation when I was in high school and involved in the youth group at my church. We volunteered on a few occasions and shortly after graduation, I moved out of state. When I returned a few years ago, I remembered how positive the experience was and wanted to volunteer again. I signed up for orientation and the rest is history!
What is the most enjoyable part of volunteering for you?
I really enjoy the the interactions and conversations with the guests as well as the other volunteers and staff. Everyone is extremely friendly, welcoming and collectively help create a supportive and fun atmosphere. The time flies during our shifts.
What is your volunteer background?
Over the last few years, I’ve volunteered with a few other organizations in Chicago and the suburbs. In college, I was also involved in Circle K (the collegiate version of Kiwanis International). Circle K connected me with a number of volunteer opportunities during my undergrad in Bloomington, Indiana.
Why do you volunteer?
I find that Inspiration’s programs have such a positive impact on the lives of Chicago’s homeless and impoverished population. I feel very fortunate to be involved with this organization and look forward to continuing my involvement for years to come.
What are your hobbies, besides volunteering?
When I’m not volunteering, I’m checking out Chicago’s incredible restaurant scene, spending time with friends/family, traveling and hanging out with my cat, Rio.
What have you learned from your volunteer experience?
I’ve learned many things during my time volunteering. One is the importance of being a good listener– most guests just want to see a friendly face and have a nice conversation. Two is to never assume about those you don’t know or situations you’re unfamiliar with– assumptions can often prove to be inaccurate and it’s best to have an open mind.