Although I reached out in early February regarding this volunteer opportunity, I didn't really get any assignment until mid-April. I have been reaching out to a list of community members to solicit them for sponsorship for this last-time fundraiser. I was pleased that the realtor who sold me my house almost 25 years ago was on the list. It was a pleasure to connect with him after so many years. I had to leave him a message. He promptly returned my call and committed to donating fifty dollars. Philanthropy and marketing are not in my wheel-house but, it is always great to network with both people that I know and people that I have never met, in this small NH community. In fact the VP of Philanthropy at my place of employment is the Secretary on the Board of Directors for the River Center. In addition, I will be helping to set up, obtain donated gifts for participants and do whatever else they need for me to do.
Kristen A. from the student nurse's association, and I were able to get approximately 38 people trained on hands only CPR. There were a variety of responses from users of the MWCC Fitness Center. Some people were already certified, some people were just getting out of a workout and had no interest, others were able to be cajoled into training and others still thought it was something that would help them feel more comfortable if they did have to administer CPR. Others still thought it was something their children should be familiar with.
Review: A fine experience: Reflection: This afforded me an opportunity to connect/network with individuals that I had lost touch with and/or were in my sphere of associates.
One of the special Olympics "special" fundraisers raised $18,540 for the organization and its events. This was very remarkable and twice what she had raised the year before.
This was an opportunity to network with student nurses at MWCC, to strategize about service hours and fundraising opportunities. Overall good meeting and lots of curiosity, enthusiasm and energy.