One Year and Counting: Why One Volunteer Comes Back Each Week

“You keep coming back!” I said to Vi, a WACAP volunteer I see every Monday. “You must like us,” I teased.

It turns out, she does.

Vi retired from Boeing after 30-years as a project manager. Today, she’s celebrating one year as a WACAP volunteer.

Ask her why she begins each week at WACAP helping others, and her answer is simple. In addition to liking the people, she just believes she should.

Vi learned about WACAP over lunch one day with a longtime friend, Maya Andreic, a WACAP mom and manager of WACAP’s Haiti program. “You know, you really should volunteer with WACAP,” Vi recalls her friend saying. “So I started the process.”

Working with WACAP’s Family Finders Team, Vi writes some of the profiles that introduce children to their potential parents and foster parents through WACAP’s Waiting Child website.

Volunteers like Vi, shown here with a big smile, make all the difference.

“It’s a small thing I do that helps staff …” she says. But for the families and children she helps connect, it’s not small at all.

Vi concedes she can’t get attached to every photo, with so many children that need families and need their stories to be shared. She knows she may not learn where their paths lead, but what she does know is that she’s “helping a child – helping that child somewhere along the line.”

“Today, I also helped the staff in WACAP’s Foster Care and Adoption department,” says Vi, smiling. She knows she’s part of something special.

“I think if we look at the obligation, or the responsibility, we have in our community, then we should help somebody along the way,” says Vi.

“People have helped me along the way.”

Learn more about volunteering with WACAP.

mh-photo-profile-wacapAbout WACAP Communications Editor Missy Harrel: Missy joined WACAP’s communication team in 2011. She spent the first part of her career in nonprofit program management focused on child welfare and early learning, as well as teaching in higher education. Growing up with family and friends who were adopted, she has an ongoing interest in sharing about family and the stories they create. She blends her communications background with a love of learning and technology, and enjoys her coffee with poetry in hand. 

Image Source/Design: WACAP 


WACAP (World Association for Children and Parents) is one of the largest and most experienced international nonprofit adoption and child assistance agencies in the United States. Since 1976, we’ve placed over 10,000 children with loving adoptive parents and provided food, medical care and education to more than 200,000 children around the world.
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