So this is what it feels like to be a Muppet
(or… What I’ve learned while at Volunteer Kalamazoo)
My time at Volunteer Kalamazoo has come to an end. It’s been a pleasure and a joy to be involved with such a great organization for the past seven years – both as a board member and staffer. A parting gift to you (and me)… I wanted to share some thoughts and impressions about my experiences at Volunteer Kalamazoo.
- The staff at Volunteer Kalamazoo is amazing — smart, dedicated and hilarious. I’ve laughed big, learned so much and made lifelong friends.
- There is no other organization in Kalamazoo like Volunteer Kalamazoo. Truly, one of a kind. We help so many nonprofits and volunteers. Volunteer Kalamazoo has a big impact on this county while being a good steward of resources and staying nimble.
- I dig volunteering. I loved working for an organization that didn’t represent just one cause… it’s about every cause.
- Eat Drink Give IS the best party in Kalamazoo.
- Even my twin daughters have benefitted from my work at Volunteer Kalamazoo. They have learned what it means to volunteer, give to others, fundraise and be philanthropists. They got an insider’s experience and I’m grateful for that.
- I have met the Most Awesome People in Kalamazoo. Staff, board members, committee members, volunteers, nonprofit partners, restaurant and beverage purveyors, corporate partners – you are wonderful. So charitable, fun, thoughtful and willing to give. Kalamazoo is a better place because of you.
- Best of all, my work with Volunteer Kalamazoo has allowed me a chance to live like a Muppet. Perhaps I should clarify. Muppets creator Jim Henson once said “My hope is to leave the world a little better for having been there.”
THANK YOU to Volunteer Kalamazoo for giving me the opportunity to do a little good and have a lot of fun while doing it.
Katie Keel served Volunteer Kalamazoo as a member of the board from 2006 – 2009 and as the fund development director from 2011 – 2014. She has taken a job as account executive at Bostrom, an association management company. Katie lives in Kalamazoo with her daughters and fiancé and promises to remain involved with Volunteer Kalamazoo. (In fact, she pinky swears.)