For this month’s volunteer spotlight, we are introducing you to Jeannie Feimster. Jeannie is an invaluable member of our Heart to Heart International team, and she is one of the smiling faces you’ll see when you walk in the front door at our headquarters in Lenexa, Kansas. She has been volunteering just over 10 years at the front desk, and we are all so grateful for her time, work and positive energy.
How long have you been volunteering?
I started in 2011, shortly after the Joplin tornado. At the time, HHI had boxes for donations and to sign up for volunteering. I wanted to do community service, but my husband hadn’t retired yet and was working within electrical suppliers in Joplin. I have been volunteering at the front desk the whole time, supporting different events over the years. I should have had a pedometer for the PQMD [Partnership for Quality Medical Donations] conference, I had a lot of steps. That was probably the most fun thing I have participated.
What do you like about it?
I like being part of the global outreach. We do so much good for those in need. I know that’s cliché. The people are great at HHI. I’m just happy to be a part of the group. It’s fulfilling. I’ve spread the word to so many. My kids and husband have all volunteered. Friends know it’s a special thing to me.
What is it about the Heart to Heart International’s cause that is inspiring?
First, I am grateful to HHI that their donations go where they are needed. HHI has done a marvelous job in maintaining its outreach. What is done globally is give the people some hope in their tragedies. Let them know someone somewhere is thinking of them and offering a washcloth or bar of soap. Simple as that.
What do you tell your friends/family about Heart to Heart International?
I tell them about outreach that we have and donations. The hygiene kits, COVID testing and vaccinations, hurricane response – we will always be helping those who need it. That’s why I am here.