Volunteer Spotlight…LMNOP host Lori Leach!

Meet Lori Leach! She is our wonderful host for our singing and signing program called Language Music N Our Peeps, also known as, LMNOP!

“These kiddos steal my heart every Thursday evening when I volunteer as the leaders for Language Music N Our Peeps (LMNOP) at GiGi’s Playhouse! We sing, dance, play and learn sign language while learning to socialize with others! They have taught ME so much and have such a love for life!!” – Lori Leach, host for LMNOP

Liam’s mom, Andrea loved her time at LMNOP for the past 6 weeks! Here is what she had to say:

“Liam, Nate and I just completed Lori’s 6 week LMNOP program and Liam loved every minute of it! Lori made learning fun and engaging for Liam and the other kids in the program. Lori was excited each week to help the kids and parents learn sign language and you could tell she loves what she does. We were so appreciative that she volunteered her time for us and the rest of the group! Thank you GiGi’s and Lori!!!” – Liam’s Mom, Andrea

We want to say thank you to Lori and our countless number of volunteers. With your time and dedication we are able to turn belief in our children into real life achievement and acceptance!

Keep following GiGi’s Playhouse Des Moines blog to see more volunteer spotlights! If you would like to be featured please email a short paragraph about what GiGi’s Playhouse means to you and what is your favorite part about volunteering, along with a photo of you during a program! Email your entries at desmoines@gigisplayhouse.org. Thank you!!

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