Volunteer Spotlight – Paula

This month we would like to recognize Paula Lund as the Volunteer Spotlight this month.

Paula recently moved to America from Australia and lives in Moline, IL.  She is an accounting professional. She has been volunteering here at the Playhouse for about 6 months and is passionate about supporting the community and the wonderful individuals who have Down syndrome and their families.

How did you hear about GiGi’s Playhouse?

I saw the sign lit up, at night, while traveling along John Deere expressway, when I was visiting here at Christmas.  As a parent of a 21 year old son with Down syndrome, I wanted to learn more.

Why did you choose GiGi’s as a place to volunteer?

My son, Joshua, is 21 years old.  Joshua has Down Syndrome and when I learnt more about GiGi’s, I was so impressed with the amazing services provided.  Joshua would have benefited greatly from having attended a GiGi’s playhouse.  I want to help where I can, being a parent and understanding that this amazing support is an invaluable service, to help our unique, and loving children develop and grow, to be the remarkable young adults I see, both with my son, and the individuals I have met through GiGi’s so far.  I am extremely proud to be a part of the GiGi’s family.

What has your experience been here at the Playhouse?

The families I have met are amazing and inspiring.  Both Jenn and Pam have been great to work with and are both incredible people.  I am so impressed by GiGi’s and the programs provided.  The individuals and families I have met have great support at the playhouse, it is a pleasure to see the development of every participant who attends the programs.

What do you want others to know about volunteering at the Playhouse?

Volunteering at GiGi’s is not only rewarding, it is inspiring.

Tell us about your favorite moment/experience while volunteering. 

The Halloween party!  Seeing everyone dressed up and having fun.

If you would like to know more about volunteering at the Playhouse visit www.gigisplayhouse.org/quadcities/volunteer


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