Each year, we take a moment to reflect on what we've accomplished and those who helped to make it happen. Our volunteer base grows stronger every year and we have many people who generously shared their time, talents and resources to help support us this year. Narrowing that list down to one person who we recognize as our Volunteer of the Year is by far one of the most difficult things to do.
As a non-profit organization serving a sizeable state with a small staff, volunteers have been the lifeblood of Hemophilia of North Carolina. For over 40 years, this organization has thrived because of volunteer support and members with diverse talents. In order to recognize some of HNC’s altruistic members, we decided to create a Volunteer of the Year award in 2007.
We are fortunate to have such a caring and supportive community of friends and volunteers. Our volunteers have been instrumental in developing HNC’s programs and services. These programs have benefited many of our community members and continue to make an impact.
Gillian Schultz and Crystal Hoernlein each took home an award for being HNC’s 2013 Volunteer of the Year. Both of these passionate and energetic women have done so much for Hemophilia of North Carolina over the past year.
Crystal Hoernlein has been coordinating the SOAR Program since late 2012. If you were at our recent Hemophilia Walk you may remember Crystal and her family, who were selling tutus like hotcakes to raise money for the SOAR Program! You also might notice that we have a supplement for women and girls in our newsletter. This was a goal at the last SOAR retreat and under Crystal’s guidance, we’ve now completed our second SOAR supplement for the HNC newsletter.
Gillian Schultz, as the HOPE Program Coordinator, has a passion for supporting families in our community. As a mom of two, Gillian knows the challenges that life can throw at you. Through her letter, which is provided to all new HNC families and available at the Hemophilia Treatment Centers, Gillian shares her story and experiences. You can find this letter on the HNC website under the “HOPE – Young Families” section. In the past year, Gillian has helped HNC to develop materials for new members, the HOPE section on our website, and an improved system for reaching out to new families.
It is a privilege to work with both Gillian and Crystal, who give selflessly of their time and efforts to HNC and it’s programs to make them impactful. On behalf of the staff and board of directors, we want to thank Gillian and Crystal for all of their hard work and continued support.