Retiring after 16 years at Expeditors International, John Croffut wanted something meaningful to do. While he was already tutoring at the Hutch School, a friends’ suggestion that he check out volunteer opportunities at SCCA seemed like a good one, and soon after he started volunteering in the Rain or Shine Gift Shop in August.
“Rain or Shine was one of the volunteer opportunities that came up during my orientation as a place that needed help,” says John. “What I like about working at Rain or Shine is that it is busy and I have the opportunity to meet and talk with people from all over the world.”
The Rain or Shine Gift Shop is staffed by volunteers and proceeds from sales benefit patient programs. Last year, Rain or Shine volunteers accounted for just over 20% (3,432 hours) of the 16,722 total volunteer hours at SCCA; the only volunteer role to account for more was Guest Services (3,483 hours).
John has been steadily volunteering for four hours a week since August and may look into other volunteer roles. His advice to new volunteers: “Just enjoy it. Keep reminding yourself that you are doing something good that will benefit many people in a positive way.”
When John isn’t ringing up sales receipts, he spends time playing golf, bicycling, and going to the gym. He is great to talk to if you are looking for some conversation. He can be found at Rain or Shine on Wednesday mornings.
For more information about this program and SCCA volunteer services, visit the volunteer section of the SCCA website, contact the Volunteer Services department directly at volunteer @ seattlecca . org, or call (206) 288-1073.