At Catholic Charities Diocese of Kalamazoo, Volunteers breathe life into our Mission,
"We are God's hands providing housing, health, and hope to His children."
At CCDOK, we could not do the work we do without their support. Whether it is behind the scenes or having direct contact with someone in need, our volunteers send a powerful message to the person being helped:
You are worthy, You are valuable, and God loves You.
We are proud to introduce some of the dedicated members of the CCDOK Volunteer Team:
I've been married 68 years; have 4 children, 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren ranging in age from 6 years to 8 months including almost 3 year old twins. I retired from Fritos-Lay at age 59 and started my second career volunteering and doing carpentry; completing many big projects . I volunteered for 28 years at the Portage Senior Center. I'm a member of St. Catherine's Church and did many carpentry projects for them. I also did Meals on Wheels for 4 years. In 2015 I was the recipient of the STAR Award in the senior division. The reason I volunteer is to make people happy; I love to see their smiles. My inspiration is to share my God given talents and time.
I started out my work career at Whirlpool Corporation in Benton Harbor. I worked there for 10 years before moving to Kalamazoo. I then worked at the Upjohn Institute for 7 years and retired from The Upjohn Company after 20 years. My two daughters and their husbands have blessed me with 4 wonderful grandchildren who I see as often as possible. By volunteering I believe that I am able to provide a community service which helps not only the people working in the organizations, but in the long run, the people in the community who are most in need. I also enjoy working with the other volunteers as well as with the people in charge of running the programs. Volunteering gives me a good feeling knowing, in some small way, I may be making a difference.