Volunteer Spotlight: January


Betsy has built quite the reputation around our Family Promise Day Center since we opened our doors in 2006. Betsy started at Family Promise as the first Volunteer Coordinator for her congregation, the First Presbyterian Church.

Four years later, Betsy started on the Board of Directors as a recording secretary. Two years ago, Betsy became a board member and continues as their secretary.

There is nothing this wonder woman cannot do! Betsy not only serves on our Board of Directors, but she is also a regular volunteer when the First Presbyterian Church is hosting our families.

Executive Director Gloria Edwards said, “Betsy is incredibly dedicated to Family Promise. I appreciate her because she is always willing to take on whatever we ask of her. She has a wonderful attitude of service and always wants to help!”

Betsy also supports our staff in any way she can. For example, each Christmas she drops by small tokens of love. These are the small things that makes Betsy an incredible volunteer.

THANK YOU Betsy for your many years of service to our program. Our staff is very grateful for you and all of your energy!

Now, let’s learn a little bit more about this fabulous volunteer!

Name, Occupation:

Retired teacher and librarian. I began teaching first grade in Oklahoma City, OK. I moved to Denver and taught several grades. After earning a Master’s degree I became a reading specialist in the Jefferson County Public Schools and later earned an Educational Specialist degree in Library Media from the University of Colorado. I was a librarian at several schools in the Bozeman Public Schools after moving to Montana.

How long have you been volunteering for Family Promise and how did you get involved?

After moving back to Bozeman from Idaho I became the first coordinator for four years for the First Presbyterian Church when we entered Family Promise. I then joined the board as a recording secretary and then became a board member two years ago.

Why do you volunteer?

People who have become homeless have been a concern of mine for a number of years. I wanted to be able to help families in any way possible and I was happy to find Family Promise.

What is your favorite part of volunteering for Family Promise?

Getting to know the families and following them as they move out of the program…seeing the children grow and the families succeed.

Do you have any favorite memories from your time serving Family Promise?

It is always fun to attend Cardboard Box City and enjoy the creative creations that are built for the night!

Do you belong to a congregation or are you an unaffiliated volunteer?

I am a member of the First Presbyterian Church

Do you have any pets or children?

I have a Golden Retriever puppy!

Favorite place to eat:

I have enjoyed trying out our new Olive Garden

What’s on your bookshelf?

I have a special fondness for mysteries!

Who is your hero?

Gloria Edwards

Betsy, congratulations and we are so grateful for your time and energy! Thank you!

Three cheers for our fabulous Volunteer of the Month Spotlight for January!