HALO Volunteer Appreciation Week

April 19th-25th marks "National Volunteer Appreciation Week." More than 80% of HALO is made up of active volunteers. Each year, our volunteers provide thousands of hours making sure our HALO youth feel loved and supported. Our volunteers help HALO create a safe space that allows us to provide essential programming to our youth.

The hard work of our volunteers does not go unnoticed by our youth. When our youth were asked what they like most about HALO, we received answers related to our volunteers.

- "My favorite thing about HALO is the people. They help me be a better person not only for myself, but for my children. They are always there to support me, encourage me, and inspire me.” 
 
- “I like how HALO is open plus very accepting and not judgmental.”
 
- “Coming and always hearing a warm and happy welcome even though its early in morning.”
 
-“My favorite thing about HALO is the staff. They are always warm and inviting. They are always there for you when you need them. Also they help me when I am needing help with my school work, daughters, or a peace of mind.”
 

Even in the middle of these uncertain times, we have still had our incredible volunteers continue to be a presence for our kids by volunteering online. Our HALO volunteers make sure to provide our youth with calming and healing self-care practices. HALO Kansas City volunteer Bri Struemph has been leading yoga virtually to our Kansas City youth. Bri always makes it a point to emphasize to our kids that everything she suggests is their own choice and that this yoga, while informative, is meant to offer a relaxing opportunity. When they come to their yoga mat, the way they engage with it is always up to them, and she is their guide. 

 

Each volunteer brings unique valuable skills that strengthens our HALO family. We are excited to highlight our 2020 Volunteers of the Year below.

Michelle Heath-Fisher was one of our amazing volunteers of the year at this year’s Kansas City ArtReach Auction. Michelle has brought her kind and positive attitude to numerous HALO volunteer opportunities. From helping behind the scenes at fundraisers to organizing essential supplies for our kiddos, Michelle has just about done it all. 

We had the honor of giving our second Kansas City volunteer of the year award to Todd Lowenstein. Todd is always the first to sign up to volunteer at any HALO youth event. Those who know Todd, know him for his dedication to serving others. He truly has had an amazing impact on our entire HALO family. 

This year at our Jefferson City ArtReach Auction, we spotlighted our Jefferson City volunteer of the year Lisa Washburn. Lisa is always willing to lend a helping hand wherever it is needed and has been an incredible role model for our girls at the Jefferson City Girl’s Home. We are also able to honor our 2020 HALO Boy’s Program volunteer of the year the Host Lions Club. Without the Host Lions Club, we would not have been able to completely transform our Jefferson City Boy's Home.

If you are interested in volunteering in Kansas City or Jefferson City, the next step is signing up for a Volunteer Information Orientation. Upon finishing your Volunteer Form, you will be able to sign up for the date that works best for your schedule.

We are so thankful to have so many wonderful volunteers make up our HALO family.

If you are interested in becoming a HALO volunteer click here.