WELCOME TO VOLUNTEER FRIDAY!

Every other Friday we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed StudentsSunday TeamsCatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week, meet Mary!

MARY SHELBY

Volunteer Area(s): Greenhouse (Evergreens & Redwoods), Catapult (Girls on the Run Coach at Byers)

Why did you choose to volunteer in your areas? 

I always feel more connected to a community when I'm actively participating in it. When I first started coming to Watershed, Greenhouse seemed like the perfect way to do that. Plus we have great kids, who are so much fun to teach! I became involved with Girls on the Run on a whim, after I received an email asking if anyone had any weekday afternoons open. Since becoming a coach 2 1/2 years ago, it has easily become my favorite part of the week. It also opened my eyes to a part of Charlotte that I was ignoring. Being thrown into this new environment has given me a whole new perspective on this city I call home.  

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

My favorite moment probably has been the relationships I've developed as a GOTR coach. I have a couple students who I've coached since 3rd grade, that are now in 5th. It's been a real privilege to get to know these girls and walk beside them as they grow up. I had no idea that I would feel so changed by this experience, and I'm so grateful for it.   

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

Generous. I feel like the Watershed community is so generous with their time. I love meeting new people at Watershed and hearing about all the different ways they are either plugged in or giving back to our community. It's really refreshing to hear about all the different ways people are owning our church.  

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte.

My perfect day in Charlotte would be a sunny fall day, in the 70's, where I would walk my dogs to Freedom Park, meet up with friends to watch the Panthers win, then head to a couple breweries, eat dinner on Sir Ed's patio, and be home in bed with Netflix on by 9.  

 

NEXT TIME I’D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE ADAM DESAUTELS BECAUSE… OVER THE YEARS I'VE BEEN ABLE TO SEE HIM POUR INTO THE KIDS IN GREENHOUSE AND SEE THE IMPACT HE'S HAD ON THEM!