If you’ve volunteered for WACAP recently, you probably know Lisa Yeager. If you haven’t, Lisa’s someone you’ll want to meet. She’s been the manager of volunteers and events at WACAP for the last three years, and she’s one of the staff members who helps organize WACAP Family Camp, Family Fun Day and Mother’s Day Brunch in the summer and plans WACAP’s Children’s Hope Auction in the fall. But that’s not all.
The wall near Lisa’s desk is now overflowing with photos of WACAP volunteers because after just a few years, Lisa’s helped WACAP create a thriving volunteer program and helped build a place where volunteers (and coworkers) feel welcome and inspired each day. Making that happen is one of the best parts of her job, she reflects: “I love meeting the volunteers and placing them in the right position at WACAP for their unique gifts and talents.”
When Lisa describes the people she meets each day and the skills they bring, she starts with one word: Unbelievable. “Videographers, interpreters, computer programmers, and office managers. Some come because they love WACAP’s mission,… others because they have adopted or were adopted. But all come with a passion to help WACAP find a home for children in need of a family,” she says. “And our volunteers make such a difference in advancing WACAP’s mission.”
Inspired by the talents and commitment of each volunteer, Lisa is likewise motivated by the work WACAP does every day. “I love that WACAP’s vision is ‘A Family for Every Child’” she shares. “Every child no matter what their age or individual need or background.” She smiles, adding, “We really do celebrate every child who comes home. It’s a fun place to work!”
No stranger to nonprofits, Lisa has invested much of her professional career as a teacher or program manager, using her gifts to help others utilize their talents and grow their strengths. An avid reader, she also volunteers at her local library. There she helps teach adults who are learning to read — a joy she wants to share.
Born in Tokyo, Lisa grew up Sturgis, South Dakota. She has taught English to adults living in Japan, China, Russia, France and Cuba, and she continues to enjoy traveling … just about anywhere. As she explores new things and immerses herself in new experiences (while never forgetting to enjoy a timeless favorite, such as “The Princess Bride”), Lisa encourages others to do the same.