Volunteer Spotlight

December Volunteer of the Month

Patti Odlum

Giraffe Laugh is so lucky to have an awesome volunteer like Patti! While on a plane, a gentlemen told her about Giraffe Laugh. “When I was in Southern California, I worked for a non-profit very similar to Giraffe Laugh and loved what they did,” said Patti. Since May 2017 Patti has been volunteering weekly at our administration office assisting with a variety of projects. “Working with organizations that help children succeed is my passion,” said Patti. Thanks for all you do, Patti, and being our Volunteer of the Month!

About Patti: My husband and I moved to Boise 2 years ago from southern California. We love the outdoors and knew this would be the perfect place for retirement. I enjoy hiking in the foothills, walking and biking the Greenbelt, snowshoeing, travelling and taking my dog on walks.

How did you become involved in Giraffe Laugh and when? I heard about Giraffe Laugh from a gentleman I was sitting next to on an airplane. His wife just attended a Giraffe Laugh function. When I was in Southern California, I worked for a non-profit education company very similar to Giraffe Laugh and loved what they did. Since working with organizations that help children succeed is my passion, I checked into Giraffe Laugh and became a volunteer May, 2017.

Why do you to volunteer? I love helping people who are making a difference in the lives of children. I have been assisting with projects in the main office, so I have gained a better understanding of what Giraffe Laugh does, and how well it’s working.

What’s your favorite activity with Giraffe Laugh? I’ve enjoyed my time in the main office, assisting with projects and gaining a better understanding of what Giraffe Laugh does. I look forward to becoming a Rocking Grandma as soon as I can get my license.  I have attended a few functions and am very impressed with the excitement everyone shows for Giraffe Laugh.

October Volunteer of the Month

Mountain West Bank

Mountain West Bank, Division of Glacier Bank’s, believe that banking is about more than financial products. For a bank and the community to succeed, investment and promotion of the welfare of the communities where it conducts business is essential.

Annually, Mountain West Bank closes its offices for half a day so their employees can volunteer in the community. A group of them helped Giraffe Laugh set up the children’s area of Hyde Park Street Fair this year. With the assistance of several staff and Giraffe Laugh parents, they set up the tents, fence and games in record time! Lori Fascilla, our Executive Director, says, “We are thankful for businesses like Mountain West Bank who encourage their employees to give back to the local community. Their service really makes a positive difference to our mission.”

Thank you, Mountain West Bank, for all you do for Giraffe Laugh and congratulations on being named our October Volunteer of the Month!