Amelia Johnson has been volunteering with Saint Louise House since April of 2012. A talented graphic designer, Amelia is the design talent behind many of our print and digital communications materials. Amelia took a little time out of her day recently to share how she got started volunteering, what she does and why she chose to work with Saint Louise House.
How did you learn about Saint Louise House and what prompted you to get involved? I heard about Saint Louise House when it was a featured organization on KUT’s “Get Involved” radio spotlight, which highlights volunteer opportunities in the Austin area. What really stood out to me about SLH was the multi-faceted approach to helping women—treating not just their physical needs, but actually focusing on the skills necessary to overcome the obstacles in their lives.
What keeps you coming back to volunteer? Two things keep me coming back: first, I have a strong connection with the mission of Saint Louise House and how it cares for women, and second, I thoroughly enjoy working with the staff. Their passion is really contagious, and it makes every project exciting!
What do you enjoy most about your volunteer experience? I often work on page layouts that feature Saint Louise House success stories, and reading the amazing accomplishments of these women and their children is definitely the best part of my experience!
What have you learned or how have you been personally affected from your experience with Saint Louise House? I learned to be flexible! When I first applied to volunteer, I didn’t intend to volunteer as a designer because I wanted to do something different than my day job. But I soon realized that using my professional training was the best way I could serve Saint Louise House and make the most impact, and I can honestly say this work has been the most rewarding of my career.
Do you have any advice for individuals considering volunteering with Saint Louise House? Go ahead and fill out the volunteer application today! With such a variety of opportunities in this organization, I’m sure you’ll find something that’s a great fit for you.
Hobbies/spare time activities: In my spare time, I sing with a small community choir and explore national parks with my husband.
Would you like to volunteer with Saint Louise House? You can learn more here. To learn how you can be part of an upcoming “volunteer spotlight,” please contact Mindy Heredia at mheredia(at)saintlouisehouse(dot)org.