April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month. In order to recognize the amazing work that is made possible by volunteers in the community, Waypoint has decided to spotlight a few of our critical event volunteers. Below, Brad shares his story about why he commits his time and talents to Waypoint’s Gentleman Campaign©.
I work at Access Systems as an IT Sales Consultant. In 2014, we connected with Waypoint and began providing their IT services. Over time, my professional relationship with Waypoint grew beyond just IT Services to include phone and print/copy services. Through staying in touch with the Executive Team, I started to learn more about Waypoint’s programs and their fundraising efforts. The event that really grabbed my attention was the Gentleman Campaign©, particularly the Benefit Motorcycle Ride to support the Domestic Violence Victim Services Program.
I’ve been riding motorcycles since I was 16, and I immediately knew the ride was something I wanted to participate in. I participated in the Benefit Motorcycle Ride for the first time in 2016. I was introduced to Waypoint staff involved with planning the event and told them that I’d like to do more than just participate in future rides. In 2017, I was asked to be on the Gentleman Campaign© Planning Committee. As a group, we assisted with various task, such as asking for donations and sponsorships, to ensure the ride was a success. During the ride, I was in charge of communicating with local law enforcement to ensure that participants were able to pass safely through high traffic or dangerous intersections and stay together with the group.
Access Systems promotes giving back to the communities we live in and service. When I volunteer with Waypoint, I’m not only helping out one of my clients, but I know that I’m also donating my time to a worthwhile organization and cause. The bonus for me comes the day of the ride when you get to see a parking lot full of bikers/motorcycle enthusiasts there to support ending domestic violence. It’s great to also be on the ride and see a never ending line of bikes ahead and behind you. It’s just a great way to help out knowing your efforts contributed to the success of such an awesome event!
If you’re interested in connecting to a rewarding volunteer experience like Brad, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 319.731.6118 for more information. Thank you for inspiring people to move forward, Brad!