In the heart of Plateau Valley, where the spirit of community is strong, stands an inspiring leader – Katy Watson. Celebrating a remarkable ten-year journey with HopeWest, Watson’s story is not just about volunteering, it’s about the profound impact one individual can have on their community.
Watson’s commitment to service is deep-rooted, instilled in her from a young age. “I was raised to give back to the community and volunteer whenever possible,” she shares. This mantra has guided her through life, leading her to volunteer with various organizations wherever she lived. Her choice to join HopeWest was fueled by a desire to contribute to the aging population in our community, a demographic she hadn’t previously had the chance to work with.
HopeWest’s mission resonated deeply with Watson. “The idea of keeping people in their homes as long as possible, and comfortable during their last transitions of life was a really great concept to me,” Watson explains. She immerses herself in the lives of those she helps, through visiting, assisting with groceries, and supporting fundraising events that enable people to remain in their beloved community.
Watson’s perspective on volunteering extends beyond the immediate impact. In times when people may feel frustrated in the state of national or world affairs, she advocates for active participation. “If anyone is feeling frustrated… my recommendation is to get out and volunteer,” she advises. For Watson, change starts at any level: “The best way to make changes, in my opinion, is to start small, start where you are, and make your part of the world better.”
Katy Watson’s decade-long journey with HopeWest is a testament to the power of volunteering. Her story is one of hope and a call to action, reminding us all that we have the power to make a difference, right where we are. Watson not only contributes to the community but also proves that a single person’s dedication can indeed make a significant change.