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 Students, Sunday Teams, Catapult, Bloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.
This week, meet Ginnie!
I volunteer in Green House (GH), the GH band, and I've been a part of Video Production for the Watershed Christmas series 2017 and 2018. I also just joined the Morning Production crew to help run sound, lights, and more during service.
Why did you choose to volunteer in your area(s)?
I volunteered in GH because I grew up babysitting and love kiddos. The ability to mentor, ask a child how their day is, help them see their presence as important, or just giggle with a child is one of the most important things I feel like I can do. The opportunity to play music for GH was an offer I couldn't refuse. I love playing music and the combo of playing for kids makes for unforgettable sessions. I also have a passion for film production, so being able to create for a space I so deeply cherish has been a real honor.
What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer?
I've enjoyed collaborating with the creatives at Watershed. Becky Santoro was the genius behind creating the GH band, which has been some of my favorite Sunday mornings at Watershed, especially when we would sing Shake It Off by Taylor Swift for the GH kids. And I've loved working with the amazingly talented Taryn Hofert and Austin Smith to create visual concepts to show for the Christmas series the last two years. I love getting to bring forth my passions such as kids, music, and video, and mesh it with my other passion of connectivity with people. It's great when a community celebrates everyones difference and talents, and allows them to bring anything to the table. I feel like Watershed provides a space where people at any age are able to bring their dreams and ideas forward.
If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be?
Describe your perfect day in Charlotte:
My perfect day in Charlotte. Hmm. It would definitely be a Sunday, my boyfriend, Seth, would have to be in town. We'd wake up, go to a Power Flow class at Yoga One, followed by a recharging breakfast of Rico's Acai Bowls (Rainbow Bowl with double Nutella is my go to.) Next, we'd hit the second service of Watershed, get some BOGO sushi at Akahana after service, and discuss the message we just heard over California rolls and Veggie rolls. After that, I'd love to go on a bike ride, long board, or walk around Freedom Park for a few hours (ask a friend to let us borrow a dog?) all the while trying to look as disgustingly cute and lovey as we can (because we're that couple.) To top the day off, I'd love to start a bonfire back at the house while the sun is going down, and enjoy the flames as the night rolls in. I'd definitely want a home cooked meal for dinner, probably opt for tofu tacos or a veggie burger with sweet potato fries. I could invite some friends over to hang, play some music, eat, drink, and talk. Or I could kick everyone out and just enjoy a movie night with Seth. If this perfect day happens to be anytime between April and May 2019, we'd probably be watching Game of Thrones.
All in all, my perfect day would have to include Seth, people I love, some outside time, yoga, decent food, and maybe a dog.
NEXT I'D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE DESMOND SMITH because…
Over the last few years, he's been one of my favorite faces to see on a Sunday morning. And funny enough, he's always doing something different. Whether he's on stage slappin’ bass, in the back running sound, or greeting people, he always puts a smile on my face and has the best sense of humor. He's such an active and valuable person in the Watershed community, and I admire his ability to always make me feel seen.