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Volunteer Spotlight: Shelly Johnson

As the 2020 Campaign planning sessions begin, we want to take the time to introduce our volunteers who make a big impact!

This week we want to introduce Shelly Johnson, Director of Community Outreach, Lawrence & Schiller

1. What inspires you?

What inspires me when it comes to volunteering with SEUW is the constant energy the volunteers and staff members have, and how we work together to keep the bar raised high for the Sioux Empire. This group never gives up, and there’s a clear sense of camaraderie and a “let’s do this thing” attitude. There is not a person among us immune to what life can hand out, whether it’s an illness, an aging parent, or an emergency. The campaign volunteers and community impact volunteers alike understand their efforts and decisions have a great impact on many lives.

2. L & S is a huge supporter of SEUW, share why volunteering has been so important to you and any advice for younger professionals?

Volunteering is a great way to make new connections, so my first piece of advice to young professionals is this: Get out of your comfort zone and get out from behind your desk and go meet new people. Many of those connections and friendships will stay with you throughout your career.  No one has all the answers, and through your connections, you’ll learn how others approach obstacles and get things done. You’ll be wiser because of those shared experiences, and you can pass that wisdom on to people coming up after you. Also, don’t volunteer for the sake of volunteering. By seeking out what is meaningful to you, you’ll make more of an impact.

3. Where do you hang your HC plaque?

As you can see, my HC plaque is full so I need a new one! It is on display in my office:

4. As our past Heart Club Chair, you had the opportunity to visit with many people and go to many rallies, what was your biggest takeaway from this experience or what was eye-opening for you as a volunteer that you hadn’t realized before?

I loved chairing the Heart Club. I said “yes” right away when asked, then it hit me that Heart Club giving makes up over 50% of the goal, so that was a reality check. With that in mind, I knew I wanted to get out and tell the SEUW story and break down perceived barriers about who Heart Club givers are. They are everywhere and in every profession, and a great majority who chose to give at Heart Club level do so because they’ve been helped by a funded agency. Those are the best stories.

5. What is your favorite lunch spot in the Sioux Empire?

Kaladi’s on S. Minnesota has become a favorite weekday meeting place, their food is outstanding and the location is easy. Same with Grille 26. It’s fun to live in a city with so many choices and new places to try.