When Darlene Woolsey met with Interfaith Outreach in February of 2012, she was already an experienced volunteer. After a successful 26-year career in human resources at General Mills, Darlene retired and became involved with several local nonprofit organizations and Park Nicollet Hospice. She enjoyed this work but was looking for more flexibility and a location in the western suburbs.
Darlene had heard positive things about Interfaith Outreach, and when the new offices opened on the corner of Highway 101 and County Road 6, she decided to tour the facility. Darlene was immediately impressed with the depth and quality of services offered and the approachability of senior staff, especially Executive Director LaDonna Hoy.
After meeting with Community Engagement Director Liz Erstad-Hicks, Darlene began working with kids in the children’s play area and driving people to medical appointments. Later she began helping with mailings and data entry, which helps to free up time for staff to engage in additional projects.
Today you will most likely find Darlene shopping at Costco every Monday, filling her cart with healthy afternoon snacks for children participating in Homework Club. She generously donates her time to provide and deliver these delicious and nutritious snacks. The trunk of her car is usually stocked with healthy munchies.
Darlene also continues to provide transportation to medical appointments and recently drove one of her favorite passengers who said, “Today was wonderful, we laughed so much!”
Thank you, Darlene. Your smile and positive energy touch many!