Our Volunteer Team

Meet our volunteer team. They generously give their time and love to help others with their fresh starts.  Click on a photo or name to get to know them better!

Ginny

Founder/Director

How long have you been volunteering with New Digs?  Since the beginning! New Digs was started at Mission Central in January 2007.

Why did you start volunteering?  I have always volunteered in one way or another. I find it very rewarding.

What is your favorite thing to eat?  Prime rib.

Where would you like to visit and why?  Guatamala – to be with Eva and family when they taker her back to visit and Kenya – to visit the children’s home I helped to build.

What is your favorite book? Anything Karen Kingsbury writes – really brings out how a family should live and the values of a Christian life.

Favorite quote or scripture of yours? Be still and know that I am God also, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.

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Ginny

Ginny

Founder/Director

Janice

Assistant Executive Director & Housewares Supervisor

How long have you been volunteering with New Digs?  5 years.

Why did you start volunteering?  I wanted to do my part to make life better for other people.

What is your favorite part of volunteering here?  Seeing the joy it brings to those we help.

What is a hobby of yours?  Antiquing.

Favorite quote or scripture of yours? Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, Prov. 5:5.

If you could have one specific wish granted, what would it be?  That no child goes to bed hungry or afraid.

Favorite color and why? Yellow - it's bright and cheerful.

 

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Janice

Janice

Assistant Executive Director & Housewares Supervisor

Lloyd

President of the Board AKA General Factotum

What is your favorite part of volunteering here?  As I have shared many times when I have shared the New Digs story with others, the best part of my being here is watching the expressions of some clients transform from one of sadness or emptiness as they enter our space to one of joy or relief or gratitude when they leave with a vehicle teeming with items for their new homes.

What is your favorite thing to eat? A turkey dinner with all the trimmings is always a welcome adventure.

What do you do for fun? Likely the closest thing to a hobby for me is reading. I enjoy reading all types of fiction; my favorite “serious” author is John Steinbeck, and my “non-serious” favorite at the time is John Grisham. A related activity I do for fun (and for teaching purposes) is translating New Testament passages from the original Greek into modern English. A part of preparing my weekly Sunday Church School lesson is to do this translation; it has opened the scriptures to me in an entire new way. (Yes, I’ve always been a bit of a nerd.)

What is your favorite type of ice cream? I need to declare a tie on this one: “Peachy Paterno” from the Creamery at Penn State and coconut from anywhere, but especially form Massey’s in Carlisle.

Favorite color and why?  This is a highly unfair question to a color-challenged (i.e. colorblind) person! Colorist!!! 🙂

Favorite place to vacation? Send me to any warm-weather island, and you will find a fat, happy, tanned contented man. (Especially if I could indulge in a complete turkey dinner on the beach!)

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Lloyd

Lloyd

President of the Board AKA General Factotum

Jim

Board Vice President

Why did you start volunteering?  I work with men and women in transition due to alcohol and drug issues, homeless, ex-offenders, those who have had misfortune, disenfranchised men and women. When you do life with them, it changes you. Walk a mile in their shoes and you know how difficult it can be to get to where they are going. I believe New Digs has a similar set of interests and values so I looked them up and offered to put my feet under the table with them. It has been fun, rewarding and I feel like we are doing something difficult together and succeeding. I have great respect for those who have invested in this ministry over the long haul. They have earned my admiration for a job well done.

What is your favorite part of volunteering here?  Watching people give away what they have to bless others and watching people receive with gratitude what others have given.

What is your favorite thing to eat? Steak, salad with lots of tomatoes, black olives and Gazebo dressing, and Turtle Cake! Umm! Delicious!

What is a hobby of yours or what do you do for fun?  I ride a Scott racing/road bike on 30-50 mile trips. Last year, I did 65 miles in the Castle Rock Elephant ride along the front range in Colorado sponsored by Subaru. Also, the 65 mile Tour de Cure for diabetes in Grantville, PA.

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Jim

Jim

Board Vice President

Sue

Client Coordinator

Why did you start volunteering? My husband started volunteering in January 2009 after he retired. I would help him sometimes with pickups. As I got more familiar with the organization, I saw it’s value.

What is your favorite part of volunteering here? Meeting the clients’ needs.

What is your favorite thing to eat?I will eat myself sick on good baked macaroni and cheese.

Where would you like to visit? Paris, been there many times and still have not seen everything, or maybe Ireland too.

What is your favorite type of ice cream? Hot fudge sundae.

 

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Sue

Sue

Client Coordinator

Audrey

AKA Houseware Lady

Why did you start volunteering?  I felt God nudge me after Ginny Jones placed a plea in TUMC’s bulletin. I told God if the plea is in the bulletin one more Sunday I would step up. The 4th Sunday I approached Janice Armstrong, she said “come in we’ll give you something to do”!

What is your favorite part of volunteering here?  Serving others, grateful that I followed through on that nudge! I love working with other New Digs volunteers. We are a family, sharing, loving, lifting each other up. Our guest, who are very special, the reason we all volunteer.

What is your favorite thing to eat?  Excellent Italian food, only found in Italy!!

What is a hobby of yours or what do you do for fun?  Gardening is fun for me. Pulling weeds, digging in the dirt I find very relaxing. It’s a great time to be alone with God. All the growth, color and variety are a wonder!

What is your favorite type of ice cream? Chocolate w/raspberry whirls. Yum!!

If you could have any job, where money wasn’t important, what would it be, and why?  Feed, medicate, and educate all the children of the world. Lifting all out of poverty! What a wonderful world it would be!

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Audrey

Audrey

AKA Houseware Lady

Dave

Furniture Pickup Engineer

How long have you been volunteering with New Digs? 2009

Why did you start volunteering?  Retired in 2009 and was looking for different things to do and try. Responded to an add New Digs placed asking for volunteers that had a truck and could do furniture pickups.

What is your favorite thing to eat?  Ribs, at the Uptown Chicago Grill.

What do you do for fun? Lots of hobbies! Favorites being music, both listening to and playing. Enjoy playing Mandolin and Clawhammer Banjo.

Favorite quote or scripture of yours: "Better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt." -Mark Twain

If you could have any job, where money wasn’t important, what would it be, and why? Job? Come on, I’m retired!

Favorite place to vacation?  The Crooked Road Heritage Music Trail in Virginia.

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Dave

Dave

Furniture Pickup Engineer

Frank

"Assistant to the Sectional Recliner Sofa Lifter"

What is your favorite part of volunteering here? I get to meet the nice people who are donating. I find them inspirational in that I know that there are others who are trying to make a difference in the world.

What do you do for fun?  Traveling...that tops it. Just too much of the world yet to see. Genealogy and gardening when I'm home.

What is your favorite place to visit OR where would you like to visit and why?  Anywhere West of the Missisippi. Every time I head West, I experience scenes and sights that just don't exist back East.

What is your favorite book? "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" It likens a proper approach to life to a effective approach to resolving mechanical problems...both require thought, flexibility and resolve.

If you could have any job, where money wasn’t important, what would it be, and why?  Did it. Worked as a counselor for Juvenile Delinquents for 30 years. Probably would have tried being a Hotshot (forest fire fighter) if I was younger.

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Frank

Frank

"Assistant to the Sectional Recliner Sofa Lifter"

Craig

Warehouse Support

What is your favorite part of volunteering here?  Helping people and talking to our clients.

What is your favorite thing to eat? Pizza.

What is your favorite TV show? I liked CBS's the Ghost Whisperer since they dealt with the concept of an afterlife.

Favorite quote or scripture of yours: John 3:16, For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

If you could have any job, where money wasn’t important, what would it be, and why?  A pilot for J.A.A.R.S. (I never got a pilot's license although I did manage to ass the written test and fly solo in 1988.)

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Craig

Craig

Warehouse Support

Garry

Furniture Volunteer

How long have you been volunteering with New Digs? March 2014

Why did you start volunteering? I believe God told me to

What is your favorite part of volunteering here? My co-volunteers and helping others

If you could meet any famous person, who would it be and why? Pope Francis

What is your favorite place to visit OR where would you like to visit and why?
I am happy and blessed wherever God puts me

If you could have any job, where money wasn’t important, what would it be, and why?
Helping others and putting smiles on their faces and their mind at ease.

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Garry

Garry

Furniture Volunteer