CAP commissions new long-term volunteers
Each summer, the CAP Volunteer Program invites all summer camp, short-term and long-term volunteers out for summer activity. This event is often the only opportunity our short- and long-term volunteers have to meet the volunteers serving at Camp AJ and Camp Shawnee, and is the only opportunity the two camp staffs have to get together. This year’s event, held at Buckhorn State Park near Hazard, Kentucky, was held in conjunction with our summer Commissioning service, where we officially welcomed all the long-term volunteers who have joined CAP since April.
This new crop of volunteers is particularly experienced, with three of the eleven having previously participated in long-term service with other organizations. You can learn more about our newly commissioned volunteers in their profiles below. You can also view photos from the event at our Facebook page.
“I want to serve,” says Joey when asked why he chose to volunteer with CAP. The New Yorker turned North Carolinian was attracted to CAP primarily because of his interest in serving with a domestic organization. Joey ran his own t-shirt company before coming to CAP in May 2011. Joey serves at the Jean White Respite Center and lives in Johnson Volunteer House.
Shannon came to CAP and the Floyd Volunteer House from Everett, Washington. She arrived in April 2011 to serve in the Martin Child and Family Development Center. Shannon worked at a medical center before volunteering, but she says she felt a calling to put her “faith and trust in the Lord into action. God provided the map; I am learning to follow.”
Jason, a Michigander, came to CAP in April 2011. Jason serves in the Grateful Bread Food pantry, a change of pace from his former occupation as a home health aid. His faith led him to leave Michigan for his new home in the Rockcastle Volunteer House: “God has predestined for me to be here for such a time as this.”
Volunteering full-time is not new to Linda. Before coming to CAP in April 2011, Linda had lived in rural Romania as a missionary. She now lives in Rockcastle Volunteer House and serves at CAP’s Healing Rain Substance Abuse Recovery Center. When asked why she is volunteering with CAP, the Maryland native echoes the sentiments of many CAP volunteers: “I want to follow what the Lord wants me to do. I don’t have any fancy reasons, I know this is where God wants me, there were no doubts or hesitation.”
Frank came to CAP in June 2011 from Evanston, Illinois. Before joining CAP’s Human Resources department, Frank volunteered with God’s Child Project in Guatemala. He wasn’t done with volunteering yet, and is serving with CAP to “give back and be of service to others less fortunate” than himself. Frank lives independent of a volunteer house.
Debe joined CAP in April 2011 from Phoenix. She switched things up from her previous work as a legal secretary to volunteer full-time as an Elderly Services caseworker, providing visitation and transportation to homebound senior citizens. For Debe, moving to Johnson Volunteer House and serving in eastern Kentucky was a long time coming. “I have wanted to serve in the Appalachian region since I was a child,” she says. “The information I obtained showed CAP to be fiscally responsible, as well as totally interested in serving the poor of Appalachia.”
Kaye joined CAP in April 2011 from Poolesville, Maryland. Though Kaye was already working in the nonprofit sector as a data analyst and computer programmer for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, she decided to trade in the “corporate lifestyle” for one of direct service at CAP’s Grateful Bread Food Pantry. ”After Christ called and saved me in the fall of 2009, I became more and more dissatisfied with a worldly life and felt a strong need to start living my convictions in a very sacrificial and meaningful way,” says Kaye. “CAP gave me the opportunity to give up what I had, pick up my cross and follow my Savior in service.” Kaye lives in Rockcastle Volunteer House.
Lisa is a Wisconsin native and a recent graduate of UW-Madison. She joined CAP in June 2011 because she wanted to volunteer after college and CAP allowed her to do so in a Christian community. Lisa lives in Jackson Volunteer House and serves in Elderly Services as a caseworker.
Originally from Indianapolis, Judy has also called Tennessee and Texas home before moving to Kentucky in July 2011. She lives independent of a volunteer house and serves in Family Advocacy.
Laura, originally from New Hampshire, describes her life before CAP as “bumming around” Montana and Europe after graduating from the University of New Hampshire in 2010. CAP was a great match for Laura because she has “always wanted to learn how to build houses” and was particularly attracted to rural service. She lives in Jackson Volunteer House and serves in Housing.
Tim is an Alabama native who likes Auburn football just a little too much. The Faulkner University grad joined CAP in April 2011 after serving a term in AmeriCorps NCCC. Tim chose CAP for its Christian atmosphere and because he wanted to continue his calling to serve others. He lives in Floyd Volunteer House and serves in Housing.