This month we are spotlighting one of our amazing Volunteers, James Friday. James contacted The Children’s Center with an interest in volunteering this winter. He quickly became involved in multiple volunteer roles and has been a reliable and dedicated volunteer over the past few months.
We asked James to share a little more about himself so that we could all get to know him a little better.
How did you learn about The Children’s Center of Medina County? Why did you decide to become a volunteer?
I’m fairly active on LinkedIn. One of my connections followed the organization. As I was browsing my feed one day, I came across a post introducing your Canine Advocate, Cully. This prompted me to do a bit more research and Amazon Wish List shopping for Cully 😊 via your website.
I’ve been involved as a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters for about a year and a half. My little grew up in an abusive environment. Advocating for The Children’s Center provides me with an opportunity to learn, network within my community, fulfill my vocation, and be a stronger leader and support system for my little.
What is your current volunteer role? What do you do in that role?
Gardening – I water the landscaping 2-3 times a week and do my best to keep the many deer away from the beautiful flowers volunteers planted around The Children’s Center.
Outreach – I’ve been fortunate enough to participate in two events this summer advocating for The Children’s Center. A great opportunity to learn and meet the amazing team and other volunteers.
Fundraising Committee – I’m sitting on the Fundraising Committee for the upcoming Art With a Heart for Children Auction & Benefit in November, learning about the different ways we raise funds for The Center and meeting a team of really talented leaders throughout the Medina community.
What are you most proud of in your work with The Children’s Center?
Setting an example for my “Little”.
What is the best advice you were ever given?
“I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.”
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Baseball player, I idolized Rickey Henderson.
What would we most likely find you doing on the weekend?
You can find me on a kayak with one of my fishing poles or hiking one of the many hiking trails we have within driving distance of Medina. Hinckley Lake and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park are my favorite local spots.
What is one song you have completely memorized?
Any song by Otis Redding. I listen to a list of his Live performances almost daily.
(Check out one of James’ favorites, Ole Man Trouble)
What does the community need to know about The Children’s Center?
The amazing team at The Children’s Center could not offer their critical services without the support and donations from the local community. There are so many ways you can help by donating, raising awareness, and getting involved as a volunteer! Please reach out to me if you’d like to learn more about my experience or how you can help this amazing team.