Volunteer Spotlight: The Reynolds Family

The Reynolds family are all involved with the Otsego County Community Foundation. They are an inspiration to all that know them and lead lives that bring joy to themselves and to their community.  We are happy to feature the whole family in this months Volunteer Spotlight.

Kevin Reynolds

What attracted you to become involved with the OCCF?

From the 1st time I heard the concept of a community foundation, I thought it was a great idea.  It is great place for donors and charitable organizations to meet and get things done.

In your opinion, what is the most important work that this organization does?

Occf serves a gathering point for people with philanthropic wishes and organizations with philanthropic needs.  Without this organization, many great matches would never find each other.

What’s it like to volunteer for the OCCF?

It has always been a pleasure to volunteer for the OCCF.  The staff and other volunteers are such positive, giving people that I have always felt it brings out the best in me.  It is also heartwarming, inspiring and sobering to see the needs and needs met through the granting process.

What OCCF committees have you been involved with?

I have been involved with the board of directors, the Extreevaganza committee and the finance committee

What do you hope the organization will achieve soon? In the long term?

I hope the organization can grow to the point that administrative fees can cover operating expenses and the additional fundraisers can be purely for unrestricted funds.  I would like to see OCCF become a common addition to estate plans for community members.

Does anyone in your life play a role in supporting your involvement? In providing inspiration?

Scott and Janice Lampert have been very supportive in giving me the time during working hours to participate in a variety of community organizations.  My children also provide inspiration as I try to help make this a better community for them and set a good example of being involved and trying to make a positive difference.

What do you wish other people knew about OCCF?

Our community foundation has done an amazing job bring organizations together in Otsego County.  Working with, instead of competing with, other charitable organizations to make the granting process easier and more efficient for the grantees and bring together the government agencies to avoid duplication of effort and foster the spirit of community and working together.

Do you have a message to share?

The message I would like to share, is to share.  Share your ideas, share your enthusiasm, share your compassion, share your time/talent/treasure.

What would tell someone who is thinking about volunteering for the OCCF?

It is time well spent.  Your thoughts will be heard, your efforts will be appreciated and you will get as much out of the experience as you put into it.

Short BIO:

I was born in Ann Arbor and grew up in Grayling.  I graduated from Northern Michigan University in 1992 and moved to Gaylord the next year.  I worked in public accounting until 2003, when I went to work at Paxton Resources.  I met my wife Liz on a blind date in 1994 and have 2 children in the 8th grade at Gaylord Middle School.

Liz

What attracted you to become involved with the OCCF?

The OCCF brings together needs of our community with those who have a financial desire to help. Through the OCCF, I have met so many inspiring and positive people who care about making Otsego County an even better place to live.

In your opinion, what is the most important work that this organization does?

I think the most important work the OCCF does is help donors to create endowments which will have a long-lasting and positive impact in meeting current and future needs of our community.

What’s it like to volunteer for the OCCF?

Volunteering for the OCCF, as with volunteering for any organization whose mission you share a strong belief in, is very rewarding. Seeing the positive impact of projects throughout our community that have been funded by the OCCF definitely gives me a sense of pride. I feel as though our future is bright when I see the caring dedication of those who give of both time and money to make our community a better place to live.

What OCCF committees have you been involved with?

In the past, I have been involved in the Extreevaganza committee. I now sit on the Board of Directors.

What do you hope the organization will achieve soon? In the long term?

I hope that the organization can become self-sustaining administratively. I would like to see endowments and donor advised funds grow.

Does anyone in your life play a role in supporting your involvement? In providing inspiration?

I am definitely inspired by Rosie Warner, who gives of her time and passion to Girl Scouts, Coats for Kids, Toys for Tots and many other organizations. I am also inspired by Janice Lampert, who has an infectious enthusiasm and love for our community.

What do you wish other people knew about OCCF?

The Youth Advisory Council, or YAC, brings together youth of our community as leaders and grant-makers.

Do you have a message to share?

Find something that you’re passionate about, and get involved! Whether it’s the OCCF, Scouts, Coats for Kids, etc…volunteer, help, make a difference! We are all a part of this community, and we can all make it a better place by joining together in the spirit of volunteerism and giving.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering for the OCCF?

Join! Positive, enthusiastic people who love our community should get on board with the OCCF!

 Short Bio

I was born in Minnesota, grew up in Detroit, and moved to northern Michigan after graduating from MSU. I currently teach math and science at St. Mary Cathedral School. I am married to my AMAZING husband, Kevin Reynolds. We have twin children, Rebecca and Daniel, who are both on the Youth Advisory Council. Some things that people don’t know about me are that I have been skydiving and bungee jumped out of a hot air balloon. I love to travel. Some of my favorite places are Disney World, Paris and London. I have been a Girl Scout leader for the past 7 years.

Daniel 

What attracted you to become involved with the OCCF?

Through my time in the Boy Scout program, I have learned about how important it is to help and provide support to the community. My mother who is a current board member and my father, a past member, told me that the OCCF is a good way to positively impact your community which attracted me to the foundation.

In your opinion, what is the most important work that this organization does?

I believe that the most important job of the community foundation is to develop funds to help causes that would positively impact the community grow.

What’s it like to volunteer for the OCCF?

It’s inspiring to see the positive impact that groups the foundation has assisted have on the community. Knowing that you have helped other organizations grow into something better than before is very rewarding, and it gives you a sense of being involved in something bigger than yourself.

What OCCF committees have you been involved with?

Currently, I am a member of the Youth Advisory Committee.

What do you hope the organization will achieve soon? In the long term?

I hope that the OCCF will continue to help the community grow through philanthropy.

Does anyone in your life play a role in supporting your involvement? In providing inspiration?

My mother and father are both big reasons that I became involved in the OCCF. They have both served on the OCCF before, and they inspired me to also help the community become better.

What do you wish other people knew about OCCF?

I wish that other people knew the Community Foundation is open to everyone who lives in Otsego County.

Do you have a message to share?

Whether you are with the OCCF or another local organization, you should get involved in the community by volunteering to help others.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering for the OCCF?

I would tell them to definitely do so. Although it may seem hard at times, the sense of community and accomplishment makes it all worth it.

Short Bio

My name is Daniel Reynolds and I’m an eighth grade student at Gaylord Middle School. I play football, basketball, track, and I’m in YAC. I play the trombone and the guitar (kind of), and I’m a Boy Scout. I like to travel with my parents and my sister, Rebecca. My favorite things to do are play sports and video games.

Rebecca 

What attracted you to become involved with the OCCF?

My mom told me about YAC, and I thought it sounded fun and like a good way to get involved.

In your opinion, what is the most important work that this organization does?

The most important work the OCCF does is grant-making.

What’s it like to volunteer for the OCCF?

It is a lot of fun volunteering for the OCCF. I enjoy the meetings, getting to know the other YAC-ers, and the snacks!

What OCCF committees have you been involved with?

I am involved in YAC.

What do you hope the organization will achieve soon? In the long term?

I hope that the OCCF will be able to fund projects that will make our community a better place.

Does anyone in your life play a role in supporting your involvement? In providing inspiration?

My mom, who is on the community foundation board and is my girl scout leader, is my inspiration.

What do you wish other people knew about OCCF?

I wish other people knew how the OCCF works to make Otsego County a better place.

Do you have a message to share?

Be active in your community!

What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering for the OCCF?

I would tell them to definitely do it!

 Short Bio

I am an eighth grade student at GMS and a YAC member. I am involved with the school band, a competitive swim team (the Gaylord Gators), and am a Cadette in Girl Scouts. I recently finished up the season on an all-girls robotics team, the Supergirls, and at competition we won the Judge’s Award. My girl scout troop is currently working on our Silver Award project, in which we are crocheting plarn mats to donate to the homeless, as well as collecting blankets and other supplies to donate to those in need in Otsego County.