City of Alexandria, VA
Volunteer Profile: Nancy Van Gulick
"Seek it out – don’t wait to hear from someone asking you to volunteer. Pursue the cause and get involved."
Chairman, The Fund for Alexandria’s Child
Q: How did you first get involved with this organization and begin volunteering?
I had been involved with foster care as a foster parent and when the new council was forming I was asked to be on it.
Q: Why did you choose to be a part of this particular organization?
Because of my dedication to the cause of foster children. I understood the need and was glad to support the efforts in any way I could.
Q: How long have you been volunteering?
I believe it has been 6 years now.
Q: How many hours per week or month do you volunteer?
Monthly meetings leading up to the big event each Spring at which time it’s a couple of hours each week at committee/planning meetings, doing the work necessary for the event and then it’s follow-up meetings and planning for the next year. I guess at least 10-15 hours a month since I am the chair.
Q: What do your volunteer duties involve?
I coordinate all the committee work of the council, support by attendance the events of the foster care program in the city, represent the Fund at city-wide functions, make presentations to groups throughout the city, make solicitations for funds to companies and individuals, and work with the city staff to promote the Fund and its activities.
Q: What is the best part of volunteering at this organization?
Knowing I am making a difference and working with so many wonderful people who care about the children.
Q: What have you learned from your volunteer experience?
It is more blessed to give than to receive and the rewards are immeasurable.
Q: What would you recommend for others who want to get more involved in the community through volunteer work?
Seek it out – don’t wait to hear from someone asking you to volunteer. Pursue the cause and get involved.