I've been a resident of Hinsdale for 11 years and it's always nice to get involved locally. I have a genuine love for animals of all kinds, especially dogs. Nothing makes me happier than seeing an animal be placed in a loving home. I love what HHS stands for and and all the effort they put in to saving these animals.
Pets: 4 year old Pomeranian Kali and 2 year old Great Pyrenees mix Maggie. Both were adopted from HHS.
Volunteer since: 2012
Volunteer jobs: Dog walker and anything else HHS needs help with, like laundry. Working with HHS staff to help with the upcoming lobby remodel. I am an interior designer by trade.
Fun Fact: I started a local bowling league called the Bad News Bowlers 5 years ago with local parents from my children's school. We are starting our 5th season and have over 50 people that have joined including HHS Board member Nate Lucht and his wife Mistie, who just joined this season! I'm not even a good bowler but it sure is a fun way to get to know other local parents and laugh for a night!
Not only have I always had a passion and heart for animals, I think it is a great way to give back to the community and utilize my professional skills in a positive and meaningful manner.
Town: I live in Hinsdale, but was born and raised in New Berlin, Wisconsin (major Cheesehead here).
Pets: We are waiting for the appropriate time for our family to adopt an animal.
Volunteer since: Just this past year.
Volunteer jobs: At HHS, I am the Howl-o-ween Ball Design Co-Chair. I am also the Director of the Bayan Hassaballa Foundation (www.ourangelbayan.org), Chair of the International Committee at Monroe School, Monroe Care ("Blankets for Bayan" event), member of Hinsdale Junior Woman's Club (HJWC) and volunteer at Hinsdale Central.
Fun Fact: I am of Egyptian descent (and no, I do not "Walk Like an Egyptian" as everyone in high school would ask me).
HHS advocates through education and public service to encourage the compassionate treatment of animals and I support their mission wholeheartedly. As a volunteer, my heart fills with happiness as I see the dedication of each staff member that cares for every dog and cat and makes sure they are placed in proper homes to be cared for and loved unconditionally.
Town: Downers Grove
Pets: I don't have any pets at the moment, but we had a Beagle named Dakota who was the life of the party! She was the most loving, loyal and witty dog and we miss her deeply.
Volunteer since: 2015
Volunteer jobs: I am a yellow dog walker and I really enjoy providing exercise and companionship to the shelter dogs. I also assist with special events.
Fun Fact: I love staying busy so I volunteer my time on the Executive Board as Development Chair of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Chicago.
I chose to volunteer at HHS because I love working with animals and I remember coming here when I was a Girl Scout.
Pets: Two cats. Their names are Cheddar and Merrily. My family adopted them when they were adults and they are the best of friends.
Volunteer since: Just this Spring, 2016
Volunteer jobs: Cat Socializer
Fun Fact: I am studying to become an Elementary Teacher.
I've had at least one pet ever since I turned 18. I want to help get as many animals adopted as I can and hopefully what I do can put a different perspective on shelter animals. Although I have been volunteering at HHS for just 1 year, I hope to help for years to come.
Pets: 2 cats, Boo and Tigger and 1 dog Wiley who I adopted 2 years ago from HHS
Volunteer since: 2015
Volunteer jobs: Videographer