Cathy King uses the experience she accumulated in the work world to help others. Now retired, this former state employee of 30 years has devoted her time to several organizations.
A former Human Resources specialist, Cathy began her volunteer career eight years ago when she decided to donate her expertise to organizations that could use her skills. She began volunteering at Capital Medical Center, where she worked as a receptionist and records manager for two years. From there, she went on to work at the Volunteer Center, where she helped spearhead a program that targeted baby boomers and their professional skills.
Cathy’s most recent volunteer work has been at the United Way of Thurston County, where she has been the front desk receptionist for three years. She said she has enjoyed this opportunity because it has put her in touch with good people, while making her feel as if she is giving back to the community in a genuine fashion. It also has given her a chance to learn new things and explore different aspects of the workplace.
Making a difference is important to Cathy. It makes her feel good, which is an added perk that she didn’t discover until she started volunteering.
“Until you volunteer, you don’t know the feeling of helping others. It’s a warm feeling in your heart when you give back. There are a lot of people who need help out there,” Cathy said.