Recently you posted a letter from Lori Johnson, “Hospital volunteers deserve better treatment.” I’d like to add a strong perception that my wife and I share. She happens to be black and suffered a stroke 17 years ago. We arrived here in 2011.
Shortly after our arrival we put together the 18-page volunteer application for Providence St. Peter Hospital. We also put together an application for Goodwill. Later we put together an application for Lacey Senior Center. In fact, we’ve done two for the Senior Center and met with the volunteer organizer. Strange that none have responded for my wife’s services. She has served for over 15 years in a variety of organizations and received recognition to include serving as a member of a community disabilities board.
We have been a little taken back by this lack of interest, and come away with the strong feelings that Olympia is quite a racist and narrow community. While there is a considerable amount of liberal tones the reality is different. When we attend or participate we are very aware of the lack of diversity. When we go into an antique shop downtown, and I can use the restroom but my wife can’t, we know there is a community problem.
She is very aware and as a very caring person finds it hard to not be a welcome addition.