One of the coolest things about working with volunteers is discovering the gold nuggets that often rest still at the bottom of the sparkly spring of talents. What's even better than discovering the gold is the abundant fortune those volunteers share freely and selflessly. During a recent volunteer training, I casually mentioned that we needed some things fixed around the shelter that we couldn't afford to hire a handyman for. A humble and unassuming gentleman came forth after the training and informed me that he just so happened to be a retired contractor. Cliff has been priceless in the short time he has been volunteering at Berkeley Humane. Among other important projects, Cliff recently remodeled our stinky-dinky bathroom and has transformed it into the true meaning of a "rest" room. The cherry on top is that his awesome wife Betty donated the money for the renovation so we wouldn't have to spend a dime on the project. How cool are Betty and Cliff?!
When I contacted Cliff to ask his permission to properly recognize his contributions in our Volunteer of The Month blog, he responded with, "It is I who would be honored. I'm the one that gets so much more back than I give. I think all the volunteers probably feel that way. It is a delight to work with all of you and be part of something so important."
We feel tremendously honored to have Cliff and Betty's support as we work together to build a better future for companion animals and the people who care for them. Amelia Earhart once said, "No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves." Thank you, Cliff and Betty, for throwing out roots!
We are so grateful to have Cliff and Betty's undying support and hope to keep them as integral parts of our family for many more years.
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