Being asked for money is how Katie Flynn became involved with Casey House. Katie is a member of the board of directors for The Harold E. Ballard Foundation, a not-for-profit whose mission is ‘to address social problems at their roots and to make a difference for those most vulnerable among us’. Three years ago, their foundation was approached by Casey House for a financial contribution to our Rebuilding Lives capital campaign. They said yes, and so did Katie, “I already knew of Casey House and all of the exemplary support that it provided to our community, so I was very keen to get involved and support the organization in any way possible”.
Katie feels fortunate to have had a variety of volunteer experiences here; she helps facilitate ‘crafternoon’ and ‘healthy cooking’ sessions, and provides support to clients who require a helping hand when attending medical appointments. Her favourite part of ‘healthy cooking’ is sitting down with the clients to enjoy the delicious meal they have prepared; “it is a wonderful opportunity to be a part of an experience that is relaxed, interactive and community-oriented”, she says. Katie also helps out with fundraising events, which she thoroughly appreciates, “it gives me the chance to meet some very dedicated and enthusiastic supporters.”
Casey House is grateful for Katie’s commitment, and in return Katie sees great value in the time she invests, “I am always impressed with all of the people who are devoted to providing such compassionate care and support for Casey House’s community members”.
In celebration of Volunteer Recognition Week, April 10-16, Casey House is featuring volunteers who contribute their time and expertise to help Casey House deliver inspired, compassionate care to men and women living with HIV/AIDS.