All this week, we are celebrating Thornwell’s amazing volunteers! In the past year, 273 volunteers gave more than 1250 hours to Thornwell, bringing dedication, enthusiasm, and love to all they do! From organizing our donations closet to building playgrounds, to supporting foster families and ensuring the success of our inaugural fall festival and corn maze, we believe that volunteers are the lifeblood of who we are.
Today, we are excited to feature Charles and Jane Ennis, who have been dedicated Thornwell volunteers for more than three years! Thank you, Charles and Jane, for being incredible reflections of God’s love!
Tell us about your role and how long you’ve volunteered.
Jane: I work primarily in the donation room, although I have helped with other projects, such as a special mailing and the foster parent conference. I’ve volunteered for three years.
Charles: While I have worked with Jane on the donation room, I have assisted in painting the Thornwell float for the Clinton Christmas parade, helped with the foster care conference, replaced a raised bed structure for one of the cottages, and constructed one of the store fixtures and the outdoor signage at Lush Acres Farm. I’ve volunteered for three years.
What inspired you to volunteer at Thornwell?
Jane: Thornwell gave a presentation at our church’s Wednesday night dinner, and I was just so impressed with the teenagers in the video that was shown. They had a list of things they needed help with and organizing the donation room was one of the jobs. I thought I can do that (I’m a retired school media specialist and quite used to organizing things for other people to use) and the rest is history.
Charles: We received a visit from Thornwell representatives at 4th Presbyterian Church, and I went on a subsequent tour. I was impressed by the professionalism and enthusiasm of the staff and was looking for somewhere where I could make a difference for youth – Thornwell has been a perfect match.
What is the best part about being part of the Thornwell team?
Jane: I’m going to break the rules here and give two answers. I like thinking that my organizing donation room makes it easier for the teaching parents to work with the kids; also, I have never volunteered anywhere where the staff is so positive, cheerful, and happy to be at their jobs as the team at Thornwell.
Charles: The infectious positive attitude and appreciation we all receive from working together in support of the children and family ministries that the team continues to innovate and improve.
Why should people volunteer with Thornwell?
Jane: Thornwell constantly evolves to find ways to strengthen families. They are leaders in their field. The staff truly shows their appreciation to volunteers and are fine with flexible schedules.
Charles: The Thornwell staff are most supportive and have worked to match my desire to help with their ongoing needs. The staff listens and works to continuously improve the volunteer experience.
I was impressed by the professionalism and enthusiasm of the staff and was looking for somewhere where I could make a difference for youth – Thornwell has been a perfect match. – Charles Ennis
Looking for a way to get involved? We’d love to tell you more! Visit Get Involved – Thornwell – Building Tomorrow’s Families today to learn more!