Volunteer Spotlight

Meet Mary Matthews!

My name is Mary Matthews, and I was born and raised in Kalamazoo. My husband, Kent, and I have two adult children. Our oldest, Libby, is a Clinical Trauma Interventionist here in Kalamazoo, and Emily is a Carrier Sales Representative in Chicago. Our family also has some four-legged members, including Elliott, a standard poodle, two black cats named Alice and Bella, and Louis, a fluffy Birman. I have previously worked as a Primary Transport Nurse for Bronson Children's Hospital NICU. I volunteer because I feel that I have been extremely fortunate in my life, and am blessed to be able to help others in my community.

Meet Karen Rehrauer

We have two grown married children and we are happily now the grandparents of two girls and two boys who are the love or our lives.

I have retired from The Upjohn Company which is now Pfizer. I started working in 1973 in the Medical Department. I left in 1980 when we had our first child. I returned in 1996 and worked in the Pharmacovigilance Department until Pfizer moved our jobs to New Jersey in 2004. Between 1990 and 1996 I worked at St. Monica School as a teacher assistant to Sister Bernice, the kindergarten teacher. Very fun years! Our children attended St. Monica School, so it was a great place to work for the years our children were there.

Several years after I retired, I was looking for some place to volunteer and I had supported Caring Network by donating children's clothes. I appreciated Caring Network's mission and asked about their volunteer opportunities. I enjoy working in the Closet putting donated children's clothes in age designated bins. I especially enjoy helping out in the office doing projects that help out the administrative assistant since that is my background. The people working there could not be nicer or more pleasant and supportive to work with.