Volunteer Facilitator since 2022
Samanta has been a volunteer facilitator at Erin’s House since 2022! Here's what she has to say about her experiences and some of her favorite parts about volunteering:
What are three words you would use to describe yourself?
Friendly, kind, a bit impatient 🤷🏽♀️🙃.
What are three words you would use to describe Erin’s House?
Inviting, meaningful, and memorable.
What led you to becoming a volunteer facilitator at Erin’s House?
I always knew that there would come a day when I would be able to give back to the community. I didn’t know what exactly it would look like, but I knew that I wanted to do something meaningful on the days my kiddos were at their dad’s ( single mom life 😊). I always knew that I wanted to do something that would involve children since I love working with kids. A former Erin’s House Board Member, Karrie Kitch, shared a post about Erin’s House needing volunteers and I knew at that moment it is what I was meant to do. Her post led me here and I couldn’t be more grateful.
What do you love about Erin’s House?
From the moment you step foot at Erin’s House it feels like home. Every volunteer, every staff member is so full of love. The place is truly amazing. The love and kindness that radiates turns something dark and sad to truly magical. Erin’s House is filled with magic starting with every child. I love being able to witness the joy that Erin’s House brings to the children.
Song you would karaoke to?
“Dancing Queen” by Abba
What is the biggest lesson you have learned while volunteering at Erin’s House?
Life is short; make it meaningful and make your relationships count. I didn’t think about that very often before Erin’s House.
For someone going through grief or supporting a child who is grieving, what encouragement would you give them?
Life will never be the same but you will be OK. Your new normal will be different than the past, but you will be OK. You will never forget, but you can never give up hope for a brighter tomorrow. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, you just have to learn to dig far enough to see it.
If you feel motivated to walk alongside children and teens on their grief journeys as a volunteer group facilitator, we invite you to fill out a volunteer application. Please don’t hesitate to contact Ellen Roemke, Director of Volunteers, if you have any additional questions: Ellen@ErinsHouse.org or 260.423.2466.