A taste of the continents- Volunteer Spotlight

“Hello! My name is Glynis Moinet. I got involved with GiGi’s Virtual Playhouse because I think it’s an amazing opportunity to connect with people all over the country who don’t have GiGi’s playhouse where they live. I am the program leader for Virtual GiGi’s Kitchen Adult. This is a program where we most of all have FUN! But we also learn about nutrition, kitchen skills/safety, and together we prepare a new recipe each week.  

So many moments were special to me leading this program this Fall. All of the participants and helpers were so open to trying new types of food. As I have traveled all over the world, I had this idea of cooking food from different continents! We had the best time cooking food from Asia, Europe, South America and North America. Every week we have “best of all moments,” when the participants are smiling so big and interacting with each other! 

When I’m not volunteering with GiGi’s I am a hairstylist. I am also an avid lover of the outdoors and love walking my dog Cocoa in the beautiful parks of North Carolina each day. I volunteer in several different communities, and I LOVE it! I would highly recommend volunteering to others. At first you may not think you are qualified for the task but most organizations have training, so you don’t have to be qualified, you just have to be willing! I can guarantee you will get so much more out of volunteering than you could imagine! Most of all you will bring so much joy to others. 

My advice to future virtual volunteers is to not be afraid to just jump in! Learn to laugh at yourself and most of all have FUN! “


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