Linda Peterson has been a volunteer with the Child Crisis Center for over a year, however, her contribution to our children’s lives goes well beyond 365 days. The Child Crisis Center is a temporary, emergency shelter for children who have been abused or neglected. While we have a number of staff on board, our volunteers contribute enough hours to equate to 4 full-time staff. Obviously they are an essential piece of our puzzle. Throughout the year we provide activities for our children that volunteers often assist with, but not to the extent Linda does. Coming to our program as an experienced piano teacher, Linda has given private lessons to a number of our older children. Not only has she provided lessons, she was able to solicit a donated piano! Linda has also played a key role in our summer programming, where each week focuses on a different theme. From Cowboys to the Circus, Linda has participated and facilitated many of the activities. She taught the children how to make cornbread, incorporated a “Rattlesnake Round-Up” (song & dance), prepared homemade taffy with the children, and is not afraid to join them on a field trip. Most volunteers come to the Child Crisis Center to work directly with the children. Linda is no exception; yet, she is more than happy to assist with the daily chores of running a shelter. Cleaning up after meals? No problem. Folding laundry? Done. Sorting donated clothes? Anytime. Linda does it all. Linda’s multiple contributions impact our children’s view of adults. They learn that there are adults who will follow through on their promises; eventually building trust again. They also observe a positive female role model who will care for their basic needs and teach them fun, exciting lessons. Linda’s relationships with our children allow them to view the world a bit differently. When Linda volunteers she is always full of positive energy and a friendly smile. Our staff love interacting with her and our children adore her. She is truly one of our best volunteers! Child Crisis Center volunteers are expected to make a year commitment and work one shift per week. Each volunteer completes an orientation, interview and training. After 6 months, and at the recommendation of staff, a volunteer can become a Volunteer Specialist. This is considered quite an honor as it allows those specific volunteers to complete additional duties which a typical volunteer could not. Linda was referred by staff to become a Volunteer Specialist as soon as she hit her 6 month mark. They saw her potential and she has far exceeded all of our expectations.