Volunteer Spotlight: Karen Lindemann
April is National Volunteer Month and here at The Salvation Army, we are so thankful to our volunteers for all their hard work and effort throughout the year. Without their contributions, we wouldn't be able to continue to help those in need in our communities.
Today we would like to highlight Karen Lindemann, a volunteer for The Salvation Army of Milwaukee County who has loved making an impact and helping those struggling during the holiday season.
Why did you decide to volunteer at the salvation army?
After retiring from teaching for 50 years, I wanted to find a program that I could offer my time and talents to be of help to others. The Salvation Army offered that opportunity.
What events/programs have you volunteered for?
I am new to the organization and after doing the Toy Shop Program I had to take a leave for a while due to needing a hip replacement. I am EAGER to get back to helping wherever I can.
What is your favorite part about volunteering?
With the Toy Shop Program it was so exciting to fill the wishes of the families and their children and picture the excitement and smiles when gifts were received. Also, working with wonderful Christian and loving staff and volunteers. The atmosphere is electrifying and you may come feeling a little "down" about something but by the time you leave you are so lifted up.
what is your favorite memory/experience volunteering for the salvation army?
I learned of a father who had a 3 year old autistic child and the challenges the family was going through. The father wasn't aware of what The Salvation Army offered and wasn't signed up for Toy Shop. I spoke to Jennifer and Nettie and a box was put together for the family. It was a thrill to have him come and pick up the box!!!