Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Joyce Larson and Cindy Olander: January Above and Beyond winners!

Each month we choose one (or sometimes two) wonderful volunteers to be our "Above and Beyond" winners. They get some extra small perks, a lot of appreciation, maybe a hug or two and they get to choose a charity at the end of the year to receive a small grant in their name.

Joyce Larson and Cindy Olander are our January awardees.

Joyce and Cindy originally met at World’s Gym during a water aerobics class where they discovered they had a lot in common. They both were retired elementary school teachers who enjoyed swimming, volunteering and making new friends. Joyce had recently begun volunteering at CLT and shared with Cindy how much she had enjoyed her experience. Within a few weeks, Cindy signed up to volunteer at CLT and a friendship blossomed between these two very special ladies. They began volunteering on Wednesday and after finding two identical shirts in the fall seasonal wear at CLT decided they would start dressing during their volunteer time as twins. They have continued to shop for identical shirts to wear throughout the year and have had fun sharing this experience with staff and customers.

They have nicknamed themselves Trouble 1 and Trouble 2 which harkens back to their teaching days and their love for Dr. Seuss. Both Joyce and Cindy, expressed how volunteering at CLT has given them an opportunity to have give back to the community while making friends and having a lot of fun along the way. They enjoy volunteering at CLT because the “everyone is so friendly and helpful. Our efforts as volunteers are recognized and appreciated by the staff.

We have a lot of fun being able to joke around and have fun.” They have been volunteering for the past 9 months and have heard many positive comments from customers regarding how well the store is organized and how everyone goes out of their way to be helpful. Their matching shirts have been a fun addition to their volunteer time. Customers, other volunteers and staff look forward to seeing what these two creative ladies wear each time they come to volunteer.

Joyce  has been married to Scott for 37 years. She has two daughters-Sarah, 23, and Leslie, 27. She taught elementary school for 37 years and is now retired and is enjoying travelling, swimming and building puzzles.
Cindy has been married for 32 years to Ken. She has two children-Sarah 29, Jonathan 28, who is married to Lauren and has a grand dog-Sadie. Cindy taught third grade for 25 years. She is also retired and enjoys swimming, walking and being with friends. Her greatest joy comes from being with family.  

Thank you to these two special ladies who have brought their generous spirits and their fun, matching shirts to CLT! We all look forward to see what they wear next!

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