June HOPE Heroes - Louise & Holly
About our HOPE Heroes:
Caring mother and daughter-in-law duo, Louise and Holly, are dedicated volunteers at our HOPE Chest Thrift Store and this month's HOPE Heroes!
Originally from Michigan, Louise retired to the Bahamas for 20 years and began volunteering at HOPE after returning to Florida. Louise is a proud mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and for nine years has been a wonderful volunteer for HOPE! Originally from Massachusetts, Holly retired to Florida after spending time traveling and teaching ballroom dance. After being invited to volunteer at HOPE Chest with Louise, she immediately loved being able to make a difference in someone’s life and has volunteered ever since.
What have you learned while working at HOPE?
Holly: Since working at the HOPE Chest, I've learned that anyone, from any economic level or background, can find themselves the victim of domestic violence. It's amazing what HOPE can do to help those who find themselves in this sad situation.
Louise: The work is very fulfilling, and you get to meet and talk with lots of different people who donate to the HOPE Chest.
What motivates you to volunteer with this organization?
Holly: There are two main motivating factors why I volunteer at the HOPE Chest. First, because of all of the outstanding work they do for survivors of domestic violence, and second, because of the camaraderie among the volunteers. It's a lot of work, but a lot of fun.
Louise: I get a great deal of satisfaction at the end of the day. Volunteering at the HOPE Chest makes me feel that my work matters, and that in some small way, I have made a difference in someone's life. That is an amazing feeling, and an achievement to make anyone smile!
What advice would you give to a future volunteer or employee?
Holly: I would advise any new volunteer to feel free to ask anyone working at the HOPE Chest for guidance or to answer questions if needed. The volunteers and employees are fantastic and are always eager to help others.
Louise: The work is very fulfilling and you will learn a lot about working with different people and different personalities.
Describe the most incredible view you’ve ever seen.
Holly: Watching the sunset while in Hawaii.
Louise: The view of the ocean right from my house in Abaco, Bahamas.
Is there something that excites you so much it keeps you awake the night before?
Holly: Going on a trip, getting to see friends that I haven't seen in a long time and any type of animal adventure - like swimming with dolphins!
Louise: Definitely before going on vacation. I never sleep the night before due to my level of excitement!
We truly appreciate all of your hard work and dedication to our mission!