In our July Newsletter, we highlighted the amazing work of our Surrey Community Champion, Kellie Smith. This month, we turn our attention to the North Shore, a popular place to raise a family and therefore have baby gear to donate. We are fortunate to have two Community Champions in North Vancouver, both of whom consistently max out their storage space with donations from North Shore donors each month.
One of these two amazing volunteers, Tessa Blanchett, approached BabyGoRound in the summer of 2015. As a mother of a toddler, she was planning to donate some of her gently used items to BabyGoRound and contacted us to see how else she could be of help. Tessa was kind enough to take some time out of her busy schedule (mother, wife, full-time career) to answer a few questions about what brought her to her role as a Community Champion and her experience thus far.
BGR: How did you hear about BabyGoRound?
Tessa: I was looking online for places where I might be able to make a difference, I was looking for somewhere I could volunteer, but that would still allow me time to work and parent, being a community champion allows for me to help BGR but still balance my other commitments.
BGR: What made you want to get involved?
Tessa: When I had my daughter in 2014 I became really interested in how I could give back to other mothers and children in the area. There is something that kicks in when you have a baby and you cannot bear the thought of any child anywhere going without.
BGR: Can you tell us what you do as a Community Champion? BGR connects me with families in my area who have baby items to donate. I connect with these families, discuss what they have to donate and BGR's needs/requirements for baby items, and then arrange a time for them to come by my place to drop the items off. Sometimes I have arranged to pick-up items, but normally that's just when I'm already loaded up and taking a batch over to BGR on the last Saturday of the month
BGR: What's "in it for you" to volunteer in this capacity?
Tessa: With a baby and working it's really difficult to find the time to give back, but it is just so important to me. This volunteer role allows me to give back and connect with families in my area - it's a win/win.
BGR: Do you think North Van would benefit from having another Community Champion?
Tessa: Yes for sure, here in North Van the families are very generous and there have been times when our storage capacity is just bursting at the seams! Another Community Champion would be a great asset!
North Vancouver is our most requested area for donation drop offs. If you are interested in becoming a Community Champion, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.