Volunteer of the week

Name: Cindy Berger

Age: 55

City: Olympia

Volunteer’s activities include: Berger volunteers in several places in the county. In addition to volunteering at Community Youth Services where she was selected as the 2009 “Volunteer of the Year,” she also volunteers as president of the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center Guild and volunteers at the Cooper Point Children’s Hospital Guild. She enjoys biking and working out at the gym.

This volunteer is special because: “In addition to Cindy’s service on Community Youth Services Board of Directors each month, she volunteers at both Rosie’s Place and operated the CYS Clothing Bank. She has easily donated over 250 hours of her time this past year. Cindy is an excellent communicator, and interacts with empathy and in a non-judgmental supportive way with the youth she assists. Her bright personality and caring demeanor are greatly appreciated by participants and staff alike,” said J. Michelle Swope, human resources manager of Community Youth Services.

Volunteering is important to this volunteer because: “I think it is important to give back to your community by assisting others in need. It actually ends up benefiting you as well as those you help. Volunteering as a teenager helped me decide to become a nurse, and throughout my life it has helped me meet magnificent new people. My friendships and interactions with the compassionate staff and resilient youth at Rosie’s Place mean the world to me. Those are the champions who deserve to be recognized! I feel lucky to volunteer for a fun, caring and high-quality organization like CYS,” said Berger.

Berger will receive a plaque from the Volunteer Center and KGY Radio, courtesy of Deer Creek Awards, a division of Color Graphics.

This article was written by volunteer Julie Propp. The Volunteer Center provides volunteer services to people of all ages. If you would like to nominate a volunteer, please call 360-741-2622, or download a nomination form at