Volunteer of the Month Spotlight: November
What are we thankful for at Family Promise during this holiday season? Our volunteers like Mardella Brock. Mardella is our incredible Volunteer of the Month Spotlight for November. Congratulations to Mardella for this award!
Mardella has been a long-time member of Bozeman United Methodist Church-one of our host congregations! BUMC Volunteer Coordinators Sally McConnell, Margo Janke and Loreene Reid nominated Mardella for this award.
Sally stated that,”it’s hard to narrow down in a sentence or two how great a volunteer Mardella is. She is the definition of reliable. Every time we host she arranges with her two assistants to be sure the kitchen is stocked with food and supplies for the families. She loves working with the families and is always eager to do what ever she can to make them feel welcome. We are so lucky to have her take care of the kitchen needs!”
Mardella has selflessly served our families. Margo said, “Mardella has faithfully done all the buying and deciding what to buy for breakfasts and lunches for as long as I have been coordinator. She is so good and faithful about it we just assume she will do it!! And she does!!! She has a committee now but is still in charge.”
Great work, Mardella! Now, let’s learn a little bit more about this incredible volunteer:
Name and Occupation: Mardella Brock, ceramist doing a variety of pottery and teaching of it, ranging from the functional to garden art.
How long have you been volunteering for Family Promise and how did you get involved? Since the beginning of Family Promise in Bozeman-I have been involved in caring concerns all my life
Why do you volunteer? Because of my faith, I’ve been committed to volunteering in response to need, especially injustice for and support of issues facing women and children
What is your favorite part of volunteering for Family Promise? Meeting our guests and other volunteers with shared stories and experiences. We can laugh and cry together!
Do you have any favorite memories from your time serving Family Promise? Many-the mentoring of one of our earliest teens through art and encouraging her other gift of counseling peers. In a time of my personal need, [I was] in a wheelchair after my leg break and a past guest was there with help in teaching us how to manage.
Do you belong to a congregation or are you an unaffiliated volunteer? Yes, Bozeman United Methodist Church
Do you have any kids and/or pets? No pets, have 3 biological grown children who are parents of our 3 grandchildren (also nearly all grown)–we claim several foreign students who lived with us.
From looking at you, no one would guess that…my whole life has been focused on kids–from being the eldest of 14 siblings, to teaching in many ways, my favorite now is inter-generational clay on the driveway in the summer
Favorite place to eat: Anywhere I’m with family or friends–nice if I didn’t cook it, through I do and like to cook!
What’s on your book shelf? A huge variety–I would read soup can labels if books or magazines were unavailable! Classics, scriptural, inspirational, Native American (legends best), historical fiction & non-fiction, children’s, romances, wildflowers, intercultural
Who’s your hero? Emma Matill, a lady who, to her dying breath, either served directly in her ministries or supported others in their efforts.
Thank you, Mardella for being such a true testament to what it means to serve others selflessly. We are grateful to have you as a volunteer for Family Promise of Gallatin Valley!