Thomas wants people to know that he loves SOAR365. As a member of the Next Generation Council (NGC), he participates in NGC’s efforts to support SOAR365 through leadership development, service projects, engagement, and fundraising.
Thomas was born with Cerebral Palsy, a disability that affects a person’s movement, posture, and speech at different levels. For Thomas, it primarily affects his ability to walk and communicate verbally.
SOAR365 Case Manager Laura Yackel and Thomas took time to answer a few questions about his involvement with NGC. Thomas says he has found great volunteer opportunities at SOAR365 and hopes he will inspire other individuals with disabilities to volunteer.
- How did you get involved with SOAR365? I previously attended the day support program at A Grace Place for 30 years. I transferred over to SOAR365 when the Staples Mill site opened. I decided to retire from day support in 2019 so I could pursue volunteer work at SOAR365.
- What’s your favorite thing about NGC? My favorite part about NGC is being able to help people and give back to my community.
- Why do you volunteer for SOAR365 and NGC? I volunteer so that I can help people and make connections with others in my community. Volunteering also helps me gain vocational skills and one day, I would like to be employed by SOAR365.
- What’s your favorite NGC memory? My favorite NGC memories are from when I volunteered at the annual SOAR365 award banquets. I really enjoy greeting people, watching people get their awards, and eating the delicious food. 😊