Region 3 and Wingate University Volunteer Together
Recently, Lacey Gulick, the operations manager at Monarch’s Campus Park Drive home in Union County, had the opportunity to host a table at Wingate’s Internship and Career Services Etiquette Dinner.
There were more than 60 Wingate students at the event, and they networked with representatives from various organizations ranging from Wells Fargo to the Union County Chamber of Commerce. The event included a speech from the executive director of Union County Community Shelter, and gave attendees the opportunity to participate in an etiquette presentation while enjoying a full course meal.
Gulick, along with Charles Smith, one of the people Monarch supports, shared a table with eight Wingate nursing, sociology and psychology majors. She spoke about jobs in human services and the volunteer and career opportunities Monarch provides.
“One of the major conversations at the table was about working in human services and my background. I told them a lot of viable information that I have learned throughout my journey. I reminded the students that the most special and important part of working with people is seeing who that person really is and remembering that they are just like you,” Gulick said.
During the event, six students signed up to volunteer in Region 3, and one student signed on to do a spring internship with Monarch. Gulick was excited both she and Smith were able to talk to students about Monarch’s programs and offer avenues for them to connect with the people we support.
“Monarch and Wingate University have now created a positive relationship where we both can benefit from each other and continue to grow. I am looking forward to having students volunteer, complete their internships and possibly work for Monarch,” Gulick said after the event.
The collaboration with Wingate will continue this month as students help assist Monarch with the Union County Christmas party, and again on Jan. 20 for a service day to coincide with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
“It is so refreshing to see young adults willing to engage themselves with the people we support in an effort to enhance the lives of all involved,” said Eileen Bress, volunteer and community coordinator at Monarch. “ Volunteers working at Monarch realize that their donation of time, sharing their skills and talents, is a two way street, and they come away learning more about themselves and recognizing the various abilities that we each individually possess and contribute to our communities.”