Volunteer Spotlight: Karen Wackrow

Kinship House is blessed with the incredible volunteer support of community ranging from monthly clean-up of our facility to helping out at our events to providing much-need administrative support.

Karen with her grandson, Issac

Karen Wackrow recently joined our volunteer team and is helping in our development department by doing donor research. 

  • How did you hear about Kinship House?
    I heard about Kinship House through a client of mine from my professional organizing business, OREGONize Your Life, LLC.  My client is on the board at Kinship House and we are friends on Facebook.  I saw the Kinship House auction information on Facebook and it peaked my interest to find out more about the organization.
  • What motivated you to start volunteering with us?
    It is important to me to give back a bit to the community.  I am also a volunteer for Elders in Action, which has been very rewarding.  In addition, for most of my childhood, I was in kinship care, raised by relatives as I was orphaned at an early age.  The effort and success at Kinship House tugs at my heartstrings in a very personal way.
  • What kind of volunteer assignments have you worked on at Kinship House?
    To date, I am working on consolidating information of corporations in order to request donations to the Kinship House auction in October.  I also look forward to helping with events throughout the year.
  • What is a favorite childhood memory?
    I recall building a wonderful snow fort with my brother at the age of 6 in Michigan City, Indiana after a huge snow storm.  It was a long tunnel of snow and we even had a lantern to light our way.  After the snow melted, we still played “snow bound” in our house.
  • What is your favorite thing to do in Oregon?
    My husband and I adore living in Oregon.!  It is hard to pick one thing.  We have been to The Painted Hills, which is awesome and visit the wineries frequently.  Our four grandchildren are here, and we cherish every minute spent with them.

If you are interested in volunteering for Kinship House, contact Bekka at 503-460-2796 and she will give you all the details.  For general information, check out our list of opportunities here.

— Dennise M. Kowalczyk, Development Director

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