Staff Blogger: Sarah Milheim, Advancement & Communications Coordinator


Thank_you_Volunteers_2November is a month for giving thanks. This month the Lakeside Chautauqua staff would like to take a moment to thank and recognize the impact that volunteers make in the community and how they bring the Lakeside mission to life.              

The presence of a vibrant volunteer population is the best evidence that Lakeside’s mission is worthwhile. Volunteers donate their time to this organization because they believe in and are passionate about it. Rhein Center volunteers are always looking for ways to add strength to the program. For example, this past summer, when registration was undergoing a big transition, volunteers stayed after every Sunday to brainstorm improvements for the following week. The staff couldn’t have refined it alone; volunteers saw and heard things that we, the staff, were too busy to notice. I’m thankful for the layers of warmth, generosity, hospitality and good nature that volunteers give to Lakeside. Those qualities aren’t always readily available elsewhere, but they’re in abundance at Lakeside. Volunteers are ambassadors in the community. The growth and stability of Lakeside Chautauqua will be determined by the dedication and passion of its volunteers. “   – Mary Ann Kelmer, Director of the C. Kirk, Jr. Rhein Center for the Living Arts


“Volunteering brings the Lakeside mission alive, displaying the dedication that our special community has for others to grow mentally, physically and spiritually. Volunteers assist the Advancement & Communications Department by acting as ambassadors to inspire others to give financially, serving on various boards to provide alternative perspectives and expertise, engaging in conversations with new and longtime Lakesiders at events, and weeding gardens to assist staff in the beautification of the grounds,  just to name a few. I am thankful for volunteers because their actions stem from kind hearts and a passion for this special community.”   – Jessica Kidd, Advancement Manager


“Lakeside could not deliver on its mission without the volunteers who help enhance the Chautauqua experience across all four pillars. From Hoover ‘clickers’ and volunteers at recreational events to a gardener – they all matter. Volunteers are also donors – donating time, treasure and talent – and embodying all aspects of service. They are a visible inspiration for those they serve, work with and those they introduce to Lakeside. It really is inspiring, and I believe they have fun volunteering. Volunteers serve in many of our front line leads – they are a great source of ideas to further improve the Lakeside experience for all. “   – Kevin Sibbring, President/CEO

We’d love to hear from you. What is your favorite part about volunteering at Lakeside? Why are you thankful for volunteers?  Tell us in the comments below.