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 Courtney!

COURTNEY CRAVEN

Volunteer Area(s): Café, Co-Leader of a HER: Grow Bloc

Why did you choose to volunteer in each of your areas?

I was asked several years ago to fill in for a friend serving in Café.  I dreaded having to get up early on a Sunday, but it wasn’t so bad! It was actually fun meeting new people, as well as other leaders and staff members at Watershed. At the time there were paper programs we had to assemble, as well as baked goods to set out, so it was a lot more involved than it is now. After volunteering a few times, I was asked to Point Lead. It was an easy decision. I’m an extrovert so I enjoy greeting people and making them feel welcome. And by then I had a good grasp of what needed to happen behind the scenes before folks showed up to attend service.

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

There was a family who visited one morning and their daughter had a total meltdown in the foyer. I could tell they were annoyed and maybe a bit embarrassed. I welcomed them, escorted them down to GreenHouse, and hoped they’d come back. They visited a few weeks later and I made a point to say hey. Just recently I saw one of them volunteering with our tech team. It was so cool to see that progression, from a family just testing the waters, to getting plugged in to our community. I feel like maybe I played a small part in that decision.

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

Outsidethebox(does that count?)

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte:

Enjoying a good margarita on a patio somewhere (the El Cheapo at Cabo Fish Taco is one of my faves), browsing art and eclectic shops (the shrine at Pura Vida is worth checking out), ending the day with some live music at the Visulite Theater.

 

NEXT I'D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE DAVID HARRIS BECAUSE... I MET DAVE WHEN HE WAS IN A LOCAL BAND CALLED THE DICKENS. WHEN I FIRST VISITED WATERSHED HE WAS ONE OF ONLY TWO PEOPLE I KNEW HERE. DAVE IS VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT MUSIC AND IS A GREAT ADVOCATE FOR LOCAL MUSICIANS. NOT ONLY DOES HE PLAY IN OUR MAIN SERVICES, HE ALSO VOLUNTEERS HIS TIME WITH THE GREENHOUSE BAND.