Carolyn Boulette has been a volunteer with Dolls for Daughters® since 2011. Coming from a childhood with limited resources, she knows firsthand how much the work being done by DfD counts, not only to provide toys but to offer hope for children and their families that they can have a future with more choices. We are grateful at Dolls for Daughters® to have Carolyn’s help and support!
1. Why did you decide to volunteer with Dolls for Daughters®?
Initially, I volunteered because this charity was so important to a dear friend. But, the more I learned about Dolls for Daughters®, the more I understood the mission of DfD and the extreme needs of underprivileged children in the Denver area. Growing up, I was a child of limited resources and know firsthand what simple selfless acts of kindness do to lift the spirits of an underprivileged child to help them see what options they have for the future. I want to be a part of that process.
2. How long have you been a volunteer with Dolls for Daughters®?
I started volunteering in 2011.
3. What is your most memorable experience volunteering with Dolls for Daughters® and which event was it at?
At my first gift distribution event, I was struck by the parents of the children receiving gifts. While they had a chance to receive a gift for their child that was too expensive for them to purchase, many were drawn to the books, learning toys, and clothing items. These parents wanted what I wanted for my children as I raised them—to provide them with the necessities and tools they’d need to grow to be the best they can be.
4. Have you participated in any fundraising event that Dolls for Daughters® had held?
I’ve participated in several fundraising events, primarily as a donor. My husband and I have attended silent auction events.
5. Have you shared your volunteer experience with your friends and family? If so, what was their reaction?
I have shared my volunteer experience. One of my co-workers volunteered at the 2011 Day of Giving. Another co-worker and her sister donated toys for the Toy Shop. All found their experience fulfilling.
6. If you did share your experience, have any of your friends or family become Dolls for Daughters® volunteers because of it?
Yes. My husband, Bruce, and I gave away toys, wrapped gifts, and carried donated food items to the cars of recipients, and friends/co-workers have donated time and gifts for the Toy Shop.
7. With so many organizations in need of volunteers, what suggestions or advice do you have for people who consider volunteering, especially when it comes to choosing where to offer their help?
There are many organizations vying for the “same” volunteer pool. I think it’s important for DfD to stress that time can be almost as important as dollars when one considers volunteering. In this time of economic stretch, it’s been wonderful for me to see volunteers that are/were recipients of the generosity of DfD. Regardless of your economic status, most can give of their time if they are made aware of the need. I think an underutilized resource pool are the folks that benefit the most from the hard work of the volunteers that make the Toy Shops possible.