I grew up in Tonawanda, New York and raised my own family there as well. I have two children and three grandchildren ages 14, 9 and 8. Prior to becoming a volunteer with Ohana 100, I spent many, many hours reading to my grandchildren and browsing bookshelves with them in libraries and bookstores. I truly see the value in reading to young children.
It's been rewarding to see my teenage granddaughter turn into a bookworm. I also make time in my own life for reading and sharing good books with my daughter.
My other passion is crocheting. Recently I made red hats for Little Hats Big Hearts, a project for the Children's Heart Foundation. I was able to make hats for children at the Family Help Center.
After I retired from Sysco in 2014, I was searching for something rewarding to do with my time. I discovered Ohana 100 at the Clarence Senior Center on the bulletin board and I immediately called Liz. It is such a good feeling watching the faces of the children during a reading and getting hugs of gratitude afterwards. Thank you Liz!
Sandy is very active in the community. She visits 3 sites and reads with over 150 kids.
VOLUNTEERS IN ACTION is a special page to recognize Ohana100 Ambassadors who are making a difference in our communities.