Welcome to our very first edition of Volunteer Friday!

Every other Friday we're going to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed Students, Sunday Teams, CatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week we're kicking it off by breaking the rules... we'd like to introduce you to TWO volunteers instead of just one! Meet Kristy Yetman and Stephanie Costas. Kristy and Stephanie have served in GreenHouse together for EIGHT YEARS. This year they moved up to co-lead the Evergreens Classroom (K-1st Grade) to support GreenHouse's model of small groups and continue deepening relationships with the kids they've grown to love. GreenHouse Director Becky Santoro says, "Kristy and Stephanie have written curriculum for us, continually support families, and embody the mission of GreenHouse so well!" 

Without further ado, meet Kristy and Stephanie!

Kristy (left) and Stephanie with Stephanie's daughters

Kristy (left) and Stephanie with Stephanie's daughters

Kristy Yetman

Volunteer Area(s): Greenhouse Evergreens Team Leader, Bloc Leading, Catapult Tutoring at Byers

Why did you choose to volunteer in GreenHouse?

I remember the adults who poured into my spiritual development as a child and chose to spend time in a classroom teaching us their understanding of the scriptures.  I love being able to foster such an ancient act of passing on what has been learned from the generation before.  

What has been one of your favorite moments as a GreenHouse volunteer?

My favourite moments are when the apprehensive new kids come for the first time and end up not wanting to leave because they had such a great time! :)

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be?

Open

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte.

Any day I can spend with my husband Des. 

 

Stephanie Costas

Volunteer Area(s): GreenHouse Evergreens Team Leader, Catapult Staff Pal

Why did you choose to volunteer in GreenHouse?

I started volunteering in GH after my first daughter was born.  I wanted my daughters to grow up seeing their dad and me giving of our time to our church community.  It has since become a steady rhythm in our lives.  There are so many adults investing in my kids' lives, and I am willing to invest in other kids' lives as well.  The kids that I get to work with in GH are amazing and so much fun!

What has been one of your favorite moments as a Greenhouse volunteer? 

Oh man!  There is no way I could choose one moment.  Every week there is something that happens... a conversation where a light bulb goes on, a comment that makes me laugh, a new connection formed, or a hug with a kid... all which make serving in Greenhouse filled with lots of favorite moments.

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be?

Big-hearted

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte.

With my kids or without them?!  The perfect day would start with yoga and a juice, then involve some outdoor time working in the garden, food from Viva Chicken or Luna's Living Kitchen, going to the park with the kids and hubby, and end with laughs and conversation with my family and friends around a campfire. 

 

Next time we'd like see Hannah Rice featured because she has done a awesome job in the Diggers classroom (3-5 year olds) of Greenhouse this past year, and she recently stepped up to fill the Diggers Team Leader role. She also volunteers her time as a Byers tutor!