When I was a child, I loved summers. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest so we had plenty of rainy summer days where I would sit on the couch and read book after book. All the kids in the neighborhood would play “kick-the-can" and would explore the nearby forest in search of treasure and adventure. We’d ride our bikes along the train tracks and collect wild blackberries as sustenance. We would come in when the sun set at 10 pm, and then wake up and do it all again.
There was a darker side to my childhood as well. One that included an alcoholic single parent, lack of adult care, food insecurity and lack of simple resources.
It is in the contrast of those memories, that I joined the CRC staff team in 2017 grateful.
CRC staff and volunteers work towards the mission to provide safety, stability and self-sufficiency to those who need it. Organizations like CRC come alongside others to close the gaps between hardship and ease. Kids (and adults!) have a better chance at a carefree summer if they are safe, if they are fed, if they have access to counseling and caring hearts.
CRC volunteers seek not just to serve and to perform tasks, but they seek to understand. They seek empathy and provide true compassion. This month, we are highlighting the experience of two of our volunteers who recently completed a 40-hour training course on Domestic Violence prevention and intervention in June. We also have taken a closer look at our Fresh Rescue crew in the Food Pantry, who have to work twice as hard right now due to our cap on volunteer numbers. We are grateful to all our volunteers who continue to learn and grow and lean in to the work we do, even in the summer months.
CRC Volunteer Manager