August 2014 Achiever of the Month: Sandi Sweney

Passionate. Committed. Community minded. These are just a few descriptors that come to mind when talking about Circles of Support volunteers. Volunteering is often a “feel-good” opportunity where one walks away feeling appreciated and sees some immediate results for their efforts. Not necessarily so in our realm! There is a lot of planting and sowing.  The reaping takes time.  Not taking things personally when a set-back occurs is truly a gift our volunteers possess.

Sandi Sweney, Circles of SupportOur Neenah-Menasha Circles group is a prime example of commitment. They say they are only doing what needs to be done. What they are really doing is saving people from living behind bars and giving them another chance at life.

Gloria is our “resource lady.”  When needs arise Gloria is our go-to person.  She doesn’t quit until she succeeds!

Jerry walks a participant five blocks to the meeting every week in good weather or bad!

Richard drives from Clintonville. He built and delivered a bed-frame for a participant who had been sleeping on the floor.

Lou, our ambassador, gets the word out to community clubs and organizations.

David is a trucker. He’s been our resource for participants choosing a trucking career.

George is a participant who has terminal cancer as well as suffers with anxiety. John, not an avid fisherman, takes George fishing. This is a vital experience which adds to George’s quality of life.

The leader of this remarkable team is Sandi Sweney. I cannot begin to express all she has done for so many in the valley. She has saved lives and made our community safer. Sandi not only leads the N/M group but also groups on Saturdays and Tuesdays. She does intakes, provides rides, presents for Circles in prisons, and mentors new volunteers.  She is my go-to person when I need to be grounded.  Her common sense leadership is enhanced by her ability to relate to anyone on any level in all environments.

Goodwill is fortunate to have Sandi leading this outstanding team.

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