By: Katie Ganick AmeriCorps VISTA 2013 – 2014
Helen Anderson has been a volunteer for Serving Our Neighbors SON Ministries for 5 years! She is a prime example of a SON Ambassador. We would like to recognize and share her dedication to the ministry over the years. She is an inspiration to the staff, volunteers, children, and families.
Helen first started volunteering for SON Ministries in 2009. She became involved when her church, Scioto Ridge United Methodist, announced that SON Ministries needed volunteers for their Hilliard Free Lunch program. Helen says that when she heard this she “felt called to do more and contribute to her community and the people in need.”
Over the years, Helen’s commitment to SON Ministries has grown – showing her Ambassador status. In addition to faithfully passing out lunches at the Hilliard Free Lunch Summer Camp for Kids, she also participates in the Family ESOL/Kids Club program where she prepares coffee and cookies for the adults taking English Classes. Helen also volunteers monthly at the West Interfaith Legal Clinic, she will occasionally help out in the office, and participate in our seasonal programs such as the Children’s Winter Coat Store. Helen participates in fundraising and awareness events of SON Ministries such as the Golf Outing and the Silent Auction. Needless to say, if SON Ministries has an event or program – Helen is always there.
When asking Helen why she does what she does, she simply states, “I enjoy it. It’s like getting a paycheck for me and I have more time than money to give.”
Helen would like others to know that volunteering at SON Ministries is “a rewarding experience and you feel good going home. It’s just an awesome organization and I love the people who work there.” She says, “By volunteering at SON Ministries I have met so many people that otherwise I would never have gotten the chance to know. Just the other day, some girl came up to me at the gym saying ‘hey I know you! You volunteer at the English Classes.’”
For Helen it’s about forming the relationships with people in the program as well as SON staff members and other volunteers. She has been able to “meet new friends and associate with loving and caring people.”
Helen says that, “I have been blessed with good health and energy and I want to share it!” Volunteering makes Helen feel good and keeps her busy. Other than volunteering she does her aerobics in the afternoon and in the evenings she comes to volunteer.
Helen says that, “I enjoy every minute. Life is good.”
Helen closes by saying that she is already looking forward to this summer and participating once again in the Hilliard Free Lunch Summer Camp for Kids.
We can all learn from Helen Anderson. She is a true example of a SON Ambassador. Helen supports SON Ministries in many ways – mainly with her dedication and time. She is a true advocate for the cause and sincerely believes that, “People are our priority – Relationships are our goal!”