Volunteer Spotlight – August 2015
At RMHC Charlottesville volunteers really are the heart of the House. On any given day you will find volunteers doing everything from helping in the office to preparing meals for our families to beautifying our outdoor spaces. Contributions of time and talent such as this ensure that we can continue to serve and sustain families when serious injury and illness strikes the most cherished part of their lives – their children.
While we know that every one of our volunteers is amazing, each month we will be shining the spotlight on one individual to highlight the contributions our dedicated volunteers make in hopes that you can get to know them, us and the RMHC Charlottesville a little better. So, without further adieu MEET CARL SCHWARZ…
Carl Schwarz, affectionately known around the House as “Super Carl”, has been volunteering at the House since April of 2012 when he first joined Red Shoe Cville. Since then he’s logged countless hours doing everything from slinging chili to moving furniture to running photobooths – and everything in between. As his nickname implies, we’re convinced there’s pretty much nothing that Carl can’t do!
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How long have you been volunteering at RMH of Cville?
I’ve been a member of Red Shoe Cville since April of 2012 and my first volunteer activity for the House was at their annual Putter Power fundraiser. While I remember it was pouring rain for part of the event, I also remember how many people still showed up to play a game and support the house, many having either stayed there or having a personal connection to someone who did. This was also my first chance to really get to meet my fellow Red Shoe members as well the amazing volunteers and staff for the House. I left that day knowing I’d found a really special group of people that I wanted to be a part of.
How did you initially get involved with us?
I initially got involved through Red Shoe but pretty quickly found myself also participating in events run by the House outside of Red Shoe.
What types of things have you done while volunteering for RMH of Cville?
I’m currently Red Shoe’s Volunteer Coordinator, so a big thing is trying to get Red Shoe’s pool of volunteers to cook or help out at the House. So far I’ve been a part of Putter Power every year they’ve done it – got to play with pro putt-putters (yes, they do exist), participated in the Pop-Tab Pop-Art contests, cooked, cleaned, assembled and moved furniture, even mowed the lawn. While it took a while, I considered it a huge success the first time Rita contacted me personally for help with moving when the House was being renovated. I like to think that I’m one of people the House can contact when random needs come up.
Favorite thing about volunteering for RMH of Cville?
It always feels so good to do it. In a superficial way, I consider it fun – I like the people I volunteer with. It also just feels really good to know what I’m doing makes a difference for those served by RMH.
Tell us something about you we don’t know.
My secret ambition in life is to be a finalist on American Ninja Warrior. (Which he totally could be!)