Below is Barrington Area Volunteer Connection’s seventeenth installment of their profile program, highlighting nonprofits using BAVC for their volunteering needs. Keep reading for the profile of Barrington’s White House.
Interview with Mary DiGiulio| Volunteer Coordinator – Barrington’s White House
How did you become involved with Barrington’s White House?
I became involved with Barrington’s White House in 2015 when it opened its doors to the public. I was on the Village Sesquicentennial Committee at the time, so naturally had an interest in our new Community and Cultural Center that was to be completed for the 150th celebration. I was excited to see this type of project in Barrington and wanted to be a part of it. It seemed they needed someone to work with the volunteers so I agreed to set up a system and be the coordinator.
What is the biggest benefit BWH provides to the community?
Of course, the obvious benefit is that BWH provides an outstanding array of cultural events to our community. However, in working with the volunteers I notice a social aspect as well. We enjoy each other and there’s a sense of camaraderie among our group.
How does Barrington’s White House utilize volunteers?
Mostly our volunteers are utilized for cultural events to provide warm and friendly hospitality to patrons. We greet at the doors and handle ticket and program responsibilities. Throughout events, we are available to direct patrons, answer questions, and sometimes serve refreshments. Occasionally, volunteers are called on for special events including community open houses, the annual Town-Warming, the Bridal Open House, and BWH fundraisers.
What do you feel is the best thing about your organization?
The best thing about our organization is the hard-working spirit and dedication to making BWH successful. Everyone involved continues to strive to make improvements. It seems we are always tweaking something behind the scenes to make an event run a little more smoothly.
Are there any new programs or new initiatives you will be implementing for 2021?
Specifically to volunteers, we will be implementing the use of the BAVC for volunteer sign-up. On the programming side, BWH is now offering a 2nd Thursdays Jazz Cabaret Series.
Can you share a favorite volunteer moment or volunteer story?
We have very dedicated, enthusiastic volunteers who are amazing. One of my favorite memories is how one of them was pleasantly recruited. A few years ago, as a Sunday afternoon program was ending, I headed downstairs to thank people as they exited the front door. On the way, I met a woman who was leaving and asked her if she enjoyed the program. She said she did and was very positive about the house and her experience that afternoon. She was so friendly and outgoing that I thought she’d be a great volunteer. So I reached out and she said okay. She’s been on board since, and is always willing to go the extra mile. Since then she’s commented on what a nice sense of community she feels through Barrington’s White House!
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