Congratulations to Sherry Blanton, the September GRRA Volunteer of the Month! Sherry volunteers as a member of the Voicemail Team. As a voicemail team member, she checks the GRRA voicemail and responds to the calls directly or sends the information to the appropriate volunteer who can respond to the caller. She monitors the GRRA voicemail all but approximately 6 hours per week which demonstrates her dedication to the GRRA and its Goldens.
In addition to being on the Voicemail Team, Sherry writes condolence notes to volunteers and adopters who have lost their Goldens. She began volunteering about 10 years ago after her beloved Golden, Maddie, passed away and she wanted to do something to help other Goldens.
She joined the Voicemail Team and started working with Deb Jacobs, the Voicemail Coordinator. While working together over the years to help improve the quality of lives for Goldens, they have formed a wonderful friendship. Sherry not only treasures her time spent volunteering for GRRA helping Goldens in need, but also the friendships she now has because of volunteering.
When Sherry was asked about how she felt about being chosen to be Volunteer of the Month, she stated, “I am honored. Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta has such a wonderful group of dedicated volunteers that it is truly special to be singled out for a job that I really love doing. I am accepting this award for all of the volunteers who believe deeply in what we do – finding great forever homes for our orphan Golden Retrievers.”
Sherry approaches her job on the Voicemail Team in a professional and compassionate manner. She describes the voicemail position: “For many people the response to their voicemail is the first contact with our organization. It is important that we represent GRRA in the best way we can. We do a bit of everything: talk to owners of lost dogs and finders of lost dogs, console owners whose pets have passed away or distraught owners who must surrender a dog. It is important for us to keep up with GRRA’s volunteers and activities to connect our callers to the right volunteer and then make certain that each caller’s questions or needs are resolved.” With such a great attitude, it is not a surprise that the feedback to Sherry’s work on the Voicemail Team has been so positive.
Sherry also writes condolence notes on behalf of GRRA when she is informed of a death of an adopter’s or volunteer’s Golden. For many dog lovers, this task might be too difficult to do. However, as sad as it is, Sherry has a positive outlook about this important job she performs. She stated, “It is very meaningful for people to receive a condolence note as it lets them know that as an organization GRRA cares and understands their sorrow.” Each and every dog owner knows how heartbreaking it is to lose a beloved animal and it is a true gift if GRRA can help bring some comfort to someone during a difficult time. GRRA is fortunate to have such a caring volunteer such as Sherry perform this task.
When asked what keeps her motivated to continue volunteering for GRRA after almost a decade, Sherry said that it is her love of Goldens. She explained further, “The important work that we do for the Goldens makes my volunteer time with GRRA a really important part of my life.”
Sherry, we are glad you feel that way and we thank you for all you have done and continue to do for GRRA and our Goldens!
-Submitted by Victoria Hastie