Volunteer Spotlight: Janet Bybee
At one point or another, you may have very well met Janet Bybee. She might have been your first stop at the front desk of the Distribution Center. Or, maybe she answered the phone when you called the Main Office. Regardless of your interaction with MOM, Janet’s soft voice and polite mannerisms have most likely directed you to where you needed to be or provided you with all the information that you required.
You probably know Janet because, for more than seven years, she has dedicated her time and heart to MOM’s mission, clients and volunteers as often as she can.
“I volunteer at least six hours per week on a regular basis plus special events,” Janet explains. “And I may often pick up a few substitute hours here and there in any given month.”
Before Janet started volunteering at MOM, she spent 30 years with the Middleton-Cross Plains School District, as the school secretary for Middleton High School, and in a similar role at Northside Elementary School from where she retired in 2005.
“After I retired, I wanted to continue to be of service in the Middleton community and give back for all the many blessings in my life.”
She first learned of MOM from members of her congregation, St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, many of whom had been involved almost from its inception.
“They presented a wonderful example of how I could become a volunteer in an organization the was a valuable asset for so many in our community.”
And, since becoming a volunteer, she has stayed true to her commitment and dedication.
“It’s part of my routine and life, and it’s nice to have it set on the calendar,” she says. “I actually work around my MOM schedule when planning anything.”
Janet also represents her church, St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, as part of MOM's Community Service Council. The CSC, which is comprised of one representative from twelve congregations within the MOM service area, meets six times a year to discuss updates on MOM statistics, such as client usage of the pantry and clothing closet, and previews of future events and programs.
“This allows me to present my congregation with up-to-date information on all the ways that MOM is an important presence in our community,” she explains. “I can also keep my congregation apprised of how they can make a valuable contribution to MOM's mission.”
Besides dedicating her time behind the front desk of the Main Office or Distribution Center, one of Janet’s favorite aspects of volunteering is the people she is able to meet.
“I greatly enjoy meeting all the wonderful volunteers, case managers, and coordinators that contribute time, energy, and understanding to help MOM accomplish its mission,” she says with a smile. “And, to meet the families MOM is serving is such a heart-warming experience. They truly appreciate all that MOM has to offer.”
Janet focus on service encourages her to faithfully perform her duties to so that she may set a good example and offer an idea of what it means to give one's time at MOM.
“I have learned that I can contribute in some small way to the mission that Middleton Outreach has outlined - preventing homelessness and ending hunger,” she explains. “And I'm hoping that will always stand out as one of my many reasons for being part of the MOM organization.”
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