My name is Nancy Bechtold and I am a retired IT professional. My current hobbies include gardening, reading and volunteering for several worthwhile organizations. My family and friends would probably describe me as outspoken and very opinionated, but also caring and compassionate to those less fortunate. I am very interested in the environment and how to help clean it up for future generations.
I learned about Alvis through Molly Seguin. She was a high school friend of my older daughter and she and her family have volunteered for our Upper Arlington Special Olympics program over the years. My younger daughter participates in the Special Olympics program. When I retired several years ago, I asked her what could I do to help at Alvis. She said that the DD department needed someone to help file paperwork, etc.
For the past several years (I think it’s 3) I go to Alvis on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 2-4 hours each day. I perform data entry and filing as well as other office tasks. I help decorate for the Holiday parties that the staff provides for “the guys”. It gives me a sense of purpose to help out where I can. I have had the opportunity to meet many of the consumers that Alvis services. Everyone I have met at Alvis is so friendly. I feel that I am part of a team — a team of people who work hard and care so much about what they do.
I believe volunteering is a way to step outside your own cocoon and learn about those who need help. I volunteer for several worthwhile organizations and have had the opportunity to meet some wonderful people.
Alvis is definitely an organization worthy of donations. Alvis programs help thousands of people turn their lives around. I am grateful to be a small part of such a great organization.
Here it is one of my favorite quotes:
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
Thank you Nancy! We appreciate YOU and all your contributions to Alvis! Happy Volunteer Month!
Alvis is a nonprofit human services agency with over 50 years of experience providing highly effective treatment programs in Ohio. Our vision is that communities value a person’s potential more than their past. For more information on how Alvis can help you or to learn more about how you can get involved, contact us here.