The Triangle Nonprofit and Volunteer Leadership Center

Chih-Wei Chuang: Blind Spot Animal Sanctuary

Blind Spot Animal Sanctuary is a farm animal sanctuary that cares for over 100 rescued large farm animals. Chih-Wei Chuang is a core volunteer who has been going above and beyond for countless animals for many years. No job is too hard or too dirty: every week he drives over an hour to care for animals, clean stalls, and repair fences. He also manages the sanctuary’s website. He is a team player, is well liked, and mentors new volunteers. This past year, Chih-Wei drove through the night to rescue a potbellied pig. She survived thanks to him and emergency veterinary care and is now a healthy and happy girl! Chih-Wei is a loyal, hardworking, and compassionate individual who cares deeply about all animals that we share this earth with.
Blind Spot Animal Sanctuary is a farm animal sanctuary that cares for over 100 rescued large farm animals. Chih-Wei Chuang is a core volunteer who has been going above and beyond for countless animals for many years. No job is too hard or too dirty: every week he drives over an hour to care for animals, clean stalls, and repair fences. He also manages the sanctuary’s website. He is a team player, is well liked, and mentors new volunteers. This past year, Chih-Wei drove through the night to rescue a potbellied pig. She survived thanks to him and emergency veterinary care and is now a healthy and happy girl! Chih-Wei is a loyal, hardworking, and compassionate individual who cares deeply about all animals that we share this earth with.
 

11/22/21 – After a successful 30-year career as an Executive Project Manager with IBM, Faye Sinclair offered InterAct her professional skills. She also offered her heart for the organization’s mission and the individuals and families it serves. In her volunteer role, Faye spends from 20-25 hours a week inputting monetary and in-kind donations, assisting with grant management, and implementing new software solutions that allow InterAct to capture data to better inform its decision-making. Over the past year, Faye has served as a Steering Committee Member of the Wake County Family Justice Center Strategic Initiative. Utilizing the Independent Standard’s value of volunteer time, Faye’s gift of time is valued at $297,531. However, Faye’s real contribution to InterAct is beyond measure!

11/15/21 – Iris Schwintzer has been a dedicated meal delivery volunteer with Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels since 2014. She is a dedicated, extremely generous person who absolutely LOVES to deliver meals to community members in need. Iris has a special relationship with the meal recipients and truly enjoys spending time checking in and visiting with them. She is an incredibly caring and patient volunteer. In addition to her regular weekly route, Iris is the “go-to” whenever a last-minute substitute driver is needed. Able and willing to fill-in with no advance notice, she frequently saves the day!

11/08/21 – DeWarren K. Langley serves as Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Foundation, Inc., an academic, leadership and professional development organization providing a continuum of programs, services and mentorship to educate, engage, empower and equip young men of color aged 11-18 with the strategies they need to secure socioeconomic success. Dr. Langley co-leads the Young Men of Excellence Program and established a funding partnership with the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, collaborating with North Carolina Central University School of Law to secure meeting space. He recruits College Prep Coaches and Career Prep Coaches, and coordinates bi-monthly college and career Development Workshops. In addition, he leads the Pathway to Opportunity Program for 120 students at North Carolina Central University, North Carolina A&T State University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

11/01/21Phyllis Sullivan is one of Assistance League of the Triangle Area’s stars. In 2019, she co-chaired the Scholarship Committee and took the lead in communicating with applicants. Phyllis also coordinated two schools for Operation School Bell, was a member of the Strategic Planning, By-laws, President Emeritus Group, and Funds and Grants Committee, chaired the Finance Committee, volunteered at the A-Z Thrift Shop, provided meals for the women’s shelter, helped procure Wish List items for Oak Hollow transitional housing, and chaired Community Volunteers. When ALTA created the Community Volunteer Coordinator role, Phyllis took that position and developed the process and its associated forms. She is an excellent example of how an individual can make an impact on their community by performing selfless, life-giving service.

10/25/21 – Anne Lemmons is an extraordinary advocate for survivors of sexual and domestic violence. She was an inaugural member of InterAct’s Court Navigator program, accompanying survivors to court for domestic violence protection order hearings. While working in this program, Anne identified a need for resume building workshops, which she implemented as part of the shelter and case management programs. She has become the go-to person for counselors when their clients need assistance writing cover letters, building and editing resumes, and applying for jobs. Beloved by staff and clients alike, Anne has taken initiative to fill gaps that hadn’t been identified. She gives comfort and support to survivors and gives them skills to create their safer future.

 

10/18/21 – As the chapter leader of A Moment of Magic UNC, Julia Drahzel is responsible for leading nearly 100 volunteers who provide medically vulnerable children with creative programming that fosters imagination, friendship, and hope. Julia trains her college student volunteers on a variety of topics including HIPAA, volunteer tactics, and the emotional toll that working with critically ill children can have on the volunteer. She is responsible for locating funding opportunities, interviewing and training the organization’s UNC Executive Board, establishing hospital and nonprofit connections, and fine-tuning the services provided to children. Julia is a standout volunteer and an excellent leader of the organization’s North Carolina chapter.

10/11/21 – The Museum of Durham History is a 21st century museum that uses stories about people, places and things to foster curiosity, encourage further inquiry and promote an understanding of the diverse perspectives constituting the Durham community and its history. Tom Clayton has been with us since the beginning of 2019 and quickly became invaluable to our museum community. His educational background in history instruction fits perfectly within our mission. His primary task has been to develop new content for our “Tell Us What We Left Out” exhibit, which invites visitors to use Post-It notes to ask questions or suggest topics of Durham history they would like to see in the museum. Staff and volunteers follow up on suggestions by curating “micro exhibits.” Viewing time has increased and Tom’s research on each subject matter has started social interaction and conversations that deliver on our mission of teaching history through story telling. Tom is also helping us research an outdoor exhibit about the museum’s property, stemming from visitor inquiries about 500 W. Main Street and the old bus transfer station building that the museum is housed in. We are lucky to have him share his passion, expertise, and time to make our museum a better experience for our visitors and staff alike.

10/4/21 – Kimberly Logel volunteers in the Ronald McDonald Family Room at UNC Hospital. During her shifts, she creates a warm and welcoming environment for families of inpatient children who are seeking a respite from the hospital setting. Whether it is brewing a fresh pot of coffee or sitting with a parent as they process a new situation, Kimberly does whatever she can to make family members feel at home. In 2019 she also took on the role of volunteer trainer, onboarding new volunteers who will continue her work in comforting families. In addition, Kimberly serves on the UNC Children’s Hospital Patient & Family Advisory Board, using her experience to advocate for families’ needs within the hospital.

9/27/21 – Lynne Smith has volunteered in the Welcome Baby Giving Closet since 2014. Welcome Baby is a program of Durham County Cooperative Extension and has delivered education and resources to residents for over 30 years. Families that are expecting and/or have children under five years of age (not yet in Kindergarten) may access our services. We offer positive parenting classes, car seat safety classes, and a Giving Closet with free clothing for newborns up to age five years old, maternity clothing, shoes, breastfeeding supplies, diapers, and baby equipment. Lynne chips in and helps with new volunteer training and is always willing to assist with anything that needs completing. She is exceptionally organized and uses excellent time management skills when sorting and hanging clothes. Lynne’s dedication allowed the Giving Closet to provide clothing, shoes, and accessories to over 3,500 families in need in 2019.

9/20/21 – Howard Zellman is a dedicated, positive, extremely generous person who delivers meals every week to community members in need, always with a big smile! He is a willing substitute driver, and often asks if there are any upcoming openings. Some weeks he delivers meals every day, Monday through Friday. As a Meals on Wheels “trainer,” he frequently takes potential volunteers with him on his route. Most, if not all, of Howard’s trainees have decided to join the volunteer team. He is entertaining, funny, and has a great sense of humor. He spreads joy to everyone around him — Meals on Wheels clients, staff members, and other volunteers. Howard is a true gift to the program!

9/13/21 – Since becoming an active member of Hemophilia of North Carolina (HNC), Joseppe Vilchis has made a significant impact on several of its programs. By sharing his story with state and federal legislative representatives, Joseppe helped raise awareness with local and national leaders about the many obstacles people with a bleeding disorder face, and the importance of creating legislation that will support this community. A bilingual community member, Joseppe assisted HNC staff with important initiatives within the HNC Unión Latina Program for Spanish speakers. He provided translations of written materials, interpreted when needed, made phone calls to Spanish speaking members, and led a session at HNC’s 2019 Unión Latina Retreat. Joseppe uses his time and talents to benefit other HNC members and has become a leader in the community.