Since moving to the area in 1992, Sue has been actively involved with many organizations including Meals on Wheels, Lutheran Quilting Ladies and the school library, connecting to the community through volunteering. In her many years of volunteering in Lead-Deadwood, Sue has found no shortage of ways to contribute to her community, including making blankets for patients during their hospital stays.
Why do you volunteer?
Volunteering is the glue that connects a person with their community. Since high school, I have lived in five states and two countries, have been on over 30 short-term international mission trips and have had connections with several hundred foreign exchange students. Volunteering has provided me with insights into peoples’ lives and cultures that make the world a smaller, more intimate place.
What is your connection to the Lead-Deadwood community?
I have come to know the people and most of the streets through the various groups and projects I have had the privilege to participate in. God has shown the needs of the community and has provided me with opportunities to participate in existing organizations or start projects to meet those needs.
What makes the Lead-Deadwood community unique or special?
By far, it is the people. I do nothing alone. Our community has had several significant struggles since we moved here 28 years ago, and the citizens come together to help where they can. Not having mosquitoes and high humidity is also a huge benefit and I am at the point in my life where I can stay home and enjoy the snow coming down.
Monument Health’s mission is to make a difference. Every day. Our volunteers help us fulfill that promise for every patient.