Congrats to Susan Parr for being honored as an outstanding community volunteer!
Nominating Organization: Human Options
Honoree Category: Human & Community
Why Nominated: Susan Parr has been an invaluable asset to our Human Options Emergency Shelter team for the last eight years. Her kindness and dedication each week, as a part of our crisis hotline, has allowed us to serve countless individuals seeking assistance in our community. I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with her each week for the last year and a half and I continue to be astounded by her dedication to our cause to assist women and children during such a difficult moment in their lives. Without fail Susan has been a consistent and reliable member of our volunteer team, and I look forward to working with her each week. She goes above and beyond our expectations and is the first volunteer to offer to come in early or to stay late if there is need from the staff. From the moment Susan walks into the office she brings an air of joy which is a welcome relief to our often chaotic environment. She is always ready to get to work and is always quick to ask what she can do to help others. Susan is a trustworthy part of our volunteer team and staff members do not hesitate to leave her in charge of the phone lines while she is volunteering in the office. Susan also assists with clients that come into our office whether that be by lending a kind word which she is quick to provide or by assisting them with questions they might have in that moment. Her compassion and calm demeanor create a welcoming environment for both staff and clients that allows others to feel comfortable to approach her with concerns. Her composure and ability to multitask also shine through when things become hectic in the hotline office; she is not only able to answer calls but also assist clients with a consistently cheerful attitude. Susan’s kindness and empathy are also evident when she is taking calls, as she provides callers with resources and completes difficult screenings with potential clients. Susan is such an amazing asset to our community not only as a volunteer in the shelter but also as an advocate seeking opportunities to spread awareness of our mission to assist families that are seeking to rebuild their lives.
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