Cindy Degonda, of Hackensack, has been a volunteer with Faith in Action for Cass County for less than one year, since December 2020.
“I needed something to do," Degonda said in a news release. “I wanted to help the community, and it is very important to be involved.”
Degonda is the latest volunteer recognized in honor of Faith in Action's 20th anniversary. Volunteers are celebrated and recognized for their services and awarded $20 gas cards and other prizes.
In the past year, Degonda has provided more than 56 hours in helping five people, mostly driving and visiting with them.
When asked about her favorite part of volunteering, Degonda said: “I like the people and developing a relationship with someone. A lot of people need Faith in Action to do things. The volunteers have a very positive impact.”
Degonda related a story about a ride request when she got lost and was late to pick up a gentleman.
“He asked me to visit with him anyway and we sat and talked for about an hour," she said. "So even though we missed his appointment, I made his day better.”
As a thank you for her volunteer services, Degonda received a $20 gas card from Faith in Action.
A locally supported, nonprofit organization, Faith in Action for Cass County coordinates volunteers who provide free nonmedical, neighborly assistance to seniors, the disabled and people in need throughout Cass County. Faith in Action volunteers help with transportation, friendly visiting, respite for caregivers, light homemaking and chores, and basic home repair, and they build accessibility ramps.
For more information about Faith in Action volunteer services or volunteer opportunities, call 218-675-5435 or go to www.faithinactioncass.com. Previous Faith in Action volunteer highlights and volunteer and client videos are available for viewing on the website on the 20th anniversary page.