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 Tony!

TONY SANTORO

Volunteer Area(s): Greenhouse (Evergreens & Redwoods)

Why did you choose to volunteer in your areas? 

One, the Watershed community has done so much to support us over the last decade. Sometimes I view my serving as paying it forward so to speak. Two, as much as I am selfish for my own time and my own Sunday mornings, I've never finished a service not filled with joy and gratitude for the experience that I had. Three, the director of the children's program is my wife

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

I really love the connection that you can make with individual kids. Sometimes I will see those same kids outside of the Sunday morning GreenHouse class and there is a relationship there. It's more than just babysitting over a class, but these kids really look up to you and value that care and love from an adult other than their parents. For my job I was visiting an elementary school in the city and one of the students in the class was one of the students that I teach on Sunday mornings. It was a really special experience for both of us to see each other outside of Sunday morning.  

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

Caring. 

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte.

Late October, coffee, friends, disc golf, playing with the kids outside (perhaps Reedy Creek Park or McDowell Nature Preserve), capping the night off with Survivor when the kids go down. 

 

NEXT TIME I’D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE BRIAN GUILD BECAUSE… HE SEEMS LIKE A NICE GUY BUT I DON'T KNOW HIM THAT WELL. PLUS HE LIVES ON THE WEST SIDE SO HE MUST BE COOL.