First impressions often leave the most lasting impressions. This month's Team Leader Spotlight has mastered this notion with her friendly, fun, and patient demeanor and in doing so, has left an unforgettable impression that keeps volunteers coming back to her projects time and time again.
Meet Carol Putnam, a dedicated New Yorker who started leading projects only 3 short months after joining New York Cares as a volunteer in 2013. Since then, her leadership has been grounded in positivity, strength, and an unfailing commitment to her projects. Just ask New York Cares Program Manager, Julia Loehle who works closely with Carol on Blankets of Love with AHRC.
"I know I can rely on Carol without a doubt to make her weekly Blankets of Love project go off without a hitch. She is fully committed to her project, her volunteers, and the product that the group makes and donates to those in need.”
Blankets of Love is a project that works with AHRC volunteers to knit and crochet squares that will be made into blankets and donated to foster children as they age out of the system and start a new chapter of their life. When this same project went on a hiatus for two months, Carol went ahead and organized a group to meet outside of New York Cares, knitting squares for quilts on the subway. Now that’s commitment!
As we enter a season where immediate needs like hunger and homelessness are brought to the forefront of our minds, Carol’s work and leadership serves as a beacon of light to our community. Just take Food Pantry Service at Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries, a project that Carol leads to ensure residents receive a warm welcome and friendly guidance through a local client-choice food pantry near Port Authority.
But what keeps Carol coming back time and time again? It's the diversity of volunteering.
"I am excited to be volunteering in so many different ways. I feel incredibly blessed in my life and it is truly wonderful to be able to reach out to help those in need. In a huge city like New York, there is so much to be done and what a wonderful experience to be able to help in any way!”
So this November, we're grateful for positive first impressions and Team Leaders like Carol who have committed to making a lasting impact on our city and the many volunteers who come together to strengthen it.