Volunteer Dori LeBlanc first got involved with Saint Louise House in 2012 and, like so many of our generous volunteers, has quickly become an asset to the Saint Louise House team! An avid reader, Dori recently assembled a lending library for mothers and children to enjoy. Now, children don’t even have to leave their community to check out books! It was Dori’s hope that the library would help foster children’s love of reading – and, so far, it seems that it’s doing just that. Dori recently spent a little time sharing more about how she got involved, why she chooses to volunteer with Saint Louise House, and what she finds most rewarding about her volunteer experience!
How did you learn about Saint Louise House and what prompted you to get involved?
I heard about it on KUT and found the link to it on KUT’s website. I have a passion for helping out those who need a helping hand, in particular women and children, so SLH seemed a perfect place to volunteer.
In what ways are you involved as a volunteer with Saint Louise House?
I have helped to start a lending library…to make it easy for the kids and their moms to have access to good reading material.
What keeps you coming back to volunteer?
The enthusiasm of the residents and staff!
What do you enjoy most about your volunteer experience?
I love to read and want to help foster the same feeling in others. And I am convinced that good readers make good students, and good students have a better chance at success later on.
What have you learned or how have you been personally affected from your experience with Saint Louise House?
“If you build it they will come.” That’s a quote from the book titled Field of Dreams. I am delighted to look in the library notebook and see that children are using the library! I was very excited when a young person asked for “more science books, please” and did my best to accommodate him. I love to hear enthusiasm like that!
Hobbies/spare time activities:
READING!! Also quilting, family history (genealogy), cooking and outside activities.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.