Helping hands club
Volunteer Spotlight, July 2015
Nancy Liston, Sew In - Quilting Program Leader and Youth awards banquet co-coordinator
Thank you, nancy, for your dedication to our mission!
July’s Helping Hands Club inductee is Nancy Liston, one of the Sew In - Quilting Club program leaders and Youth Awards Banquet coordinators.
Five months ago Nancy Liston came to The Harbour looking for a way to get involved and left in charge of two programs. Nancy found The Harbour through the Morton Grove Woman's Club via another member who knew of The Harbour. Nancy came in to meet with the Development Coordinator in early February to see what programs needed volunteers; she left with a few new projects on her plate.
The list of volunteer opportunities included two things that were perfect for Nancy and her clubs to get involved in. The annual youth awards banquet was never more than pizza at the library until Nancy and the Morton Grove Woman's Club came into the picture. This wonderful group of ladies took charge of this event and turned it into a high class celebration, something many of our girls had never experienced. Nancy led her team through picking and securing a venue, ordering a delicious catered meal served on fine china and attaining goodie bags for every youth to enjoy.
The Banquet was held on June fourth and was a record-setting event! There was record setting attendance, a record number of youth accomplishments celebrated and record amount of food and fun had by all. Youth enjoyed being able to dress up and attend something that highlighted all their hard work throughout the year and we have Nancy and the Morton Grove Woman's Club to thank for that.
There was another program that caught Nancy's attention; one that had a little more work to be done but well worth-while. Nancy is a multi-talented volunteer who also happens to be the Vice President of the Northwest Suburban Quilter's Guild and is a natural, perfect fit to be a program leader for The Harbour's new quilting program. After the Development Coordinator learned this piece of information, everything came together and the quilting program was stitched together. Nancy enlisted the help of a few Guild friends and the quilting program quickly took off. Donations came pouring in, the space was renovated to fit the requirements of the program and youth started getting excited. Two months into the program, youth are still very excited to learn how to sew and work on their own projects.
"I have enjoyed getting to know the girls and teaching them skills they can use the rest of their lives. I enjoy teaching the girls to sew and quilt so much because I'm so passionate about it." -Nancy