This December, HCC would like to shine the spotlight on an amazing HCC volunteer, Kathleen Trapp, whose own parents taught her how to serve at a young age. Today Kathleen continues to live out the same lessons she learned long ago. As Kathleen and her husband aim to teach their own teenage boys the same lessons in serving others, the HCC has played a key role. Kathleen began volunteering at the HCC over four years ago with her son, Max, as they were looking for service opportunities that allowed kids to volunteer. HCC welcomed Kathleen and Max with open arms and they immediately began volunteering on Saturdays. “I love this time with my son and learning about the needs of others right in our community,” commented Kathleen.
Kathleen and her entire family are now involved with HCC in numerous ways- from volunteering during HCC shifts, to helping with local bread pick-ups, joining our Advisory Board, helping with HCC’s backpack/school supply and Christmas toy drives and setting up community volunteer projects with Trapp Technology and the Paradise Valley High School varsity football team.
When we asked Kathleen what her favorite thing is about volunteering at the HCC she replied, “My favorite thing about serving at the HCC is definitely the people. Working side by side with HCC guests, volunteers and staff. It is a great feeling to work with a team that have the same desire, to serve others and show each person served they have value and they are loved. My favorite experience was scheduling the PVHS varsity football players and coaches to stock and get ready for the upcoming Saturday shift. Watching my son, Max, and his team work hard and have so much fun while selflessly giving their time really touched me. It’s exciting to be a part of HCC and I love that they welcome the youth of our community to serve and learn the needs right here in our neighborhood.”
As the HCC’s continue to expand there are also expanding needs. Kathleen constantly encourages others to use one’s gifts and talents at the HCC! Take a step of faith and give it a try. Serving others in your community and seeing the difference that is made in others’ lives is very powerful. It is not only rewarding, but also helps us see the bigger picture of God at work in all our lives.
Kathleen added, “God has blessed us to be a blessing and I am so grateful that HCC is a place where our family can serve. Funny thing is, when I volunteer for the HCC, I feel like I am the one blessed so much more by the other volunteers, community members and clients served!”
Thank you to Kathleen and the entire Trapp family for being a strong example of a family who serves and loves their community!
If you’re interested in volunteering at HCCs across the Valley, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Adrie Olson at firstname.lastname@example.org.