Our Volunteer of the Month for the month of February is one of our front desk volunteers Crystal Bohm! Crystal celebrated her one-year “VOLUNversary” with our organization last month, and has contributed so much of her spare time to greeting those entering our front doors with her warm smile and willingness to provide a helping hand. You are such a joy to have around Crystal, thank you for all you do! We could not #KeepFamiliesClose without gracious volunteers like you.
Here is some more information about Crystal!
- Your name and a little bit about yourself.
My name is Crystal Bohm. For now, I am a stay-at-home mom who is in what I call the “taxi cab” stage of my life. I’m busy driving my sons to and from school, church activities, music, and sports practices. I also enjoy spending time with and caring for the elderly, and when my boys get older, I would like to become a CNA or Home Health Aide.
- How did you start volunteering with our House?
I was looking for a way to reach out and get to know people in the community better when I found the opportunity to volunteer at Ronald McDonald House on a volunteer website.
- What type of things have you done while volunteering?
I feel like almost every time I volunteer, I have the opportunity to learn and do something new. I drive and visit with families on the shuttle to and from the hospital, answer the phone, accept and thank people for their donations and after much experience I’ve become really good at stuffing, stamping and addressing envelopes. My favorite volunteer experience would be the quiet afternoon I spent making pizzas for the families from ingredients that someone had donated for lunch. That opportunity meant so much to me because while my younger brother spent some time in a children’s hospital, my parents did not have the extra money for my mom to spend at the cafeteria for meals. That always broke my heart and I was so grateful to be able to help provide a warm meal for others who might be in the same situation.
- What is your favorite part of our House?
My favorite part of the House are those welcoming front doors, which open to so much relief and comfort for the hundreds of families that need RMHC every year. Through those doors I have also seen so many people from the community walk through to give generously of their time, talents and donations.
- What is your favorite thing about volunteering at the House?
I always tell people that Ronald McDonald House is the “Heart of the Central Valley.” My favorite part about volunteering is how I have learned from the genuinely caring and kind staff and others who volunteer or donate. I always leave wanting to be a more kind, caring and compassionate person.
- Tell us something fun about you that we don’t know. Hidden talent, funny story, favorite pastime, etc.
I love writing, reading and collecting poetry. I am also a huge Elvis Presley fan.