Diane K., former FROM Volunteer Coordinator, shares her experience coming to FROM and why she continues to stay involved.
My husband and I have lived in Lowell for almost 30 years. We have one son who is married and they also live in Lowell with their 3.5 year-old twin daughters. My first priority is my family. My husband and I are blessed to babysit our twin granddaughters during the work week and we are so happy to be such a big part of their lives.
I originally heard about FROM through the church my family and I attended. In 2000, joined the FROM Board and was our church representative. I remained on the FROM Board until I was hired as the Volunteer Coordinator in 2013. While I was on the Board, I also began volunteering in the thrift shop, now called Treasures Thrift Store. I wanted to learn more about FROM and to be part of the day-to-day business.
I was hired as the first Volunteer Coordinator in 2013 and performed that job for 7 years. During that time, I also became the FROM maintenance coordinator and had many other miscellaneous duties. Each year, I helped organize and make gifts for the annual Volunteer Appreciation events.
When I retired in 2020, I just assumed I would continue by volunteering again. But then COVID-19 hit. I decided to stay at home and only be around my family for health purposes. COVID-19 turned out to be a very long time of seclusion. I really had to push myself to come back. I knew that staff had changed, there were many new volunteers, and many other changes. Change is not easy, but FROM’s mission and purpose has not changed. FROM continues to assist our greater Lowell community. FROM is still helping our neighbors in need and still has compassion for those in the community that are struggling.
As of today, I volunteer in Treasures Thrift Store sorting and pricing coats, winter wear, activewear and men’s suits. I also help where needed if I have extra time.
I would encourage anyone who would like to know more about FROM and their programs or volunteer opportunities to visit their website: www.fromlowell.org .