Meet Our Volunteer Champions

Step By Step is successful because of the tremendous generosity of our supporters and volunteers. Every month, we recognize an individual or group who has gone above and beyond to help us achieve our mission.

 
 

2018 Volunteer Champions of the Month:

 
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March - Bill & Donna O'Ravez

Words can not begin to express the faithful encouragement and support that Bill & Donna O’Ravez have offered Step By Step, over the years. Longtime friends, donors, and volunteers, they continue to give of their time, talents, and treasure, selflessly and generously. 

When they began to take steps to retire and close their family business, after generations of growing premium flowers and baskets for the community, they approached Step By Step with an idea to pass on their business to benefit our work and help moms and babies in need. Over the past few years, they have been teaching us how to grow their renowned flower baskets and will eventually step back and allow us to take the reins. In the meantime, they are generously volunteering their time and energy to grow alongside us. They are excited to help us open our first greenhouse, onsite at our location, this Spring. 

We will forever be grateful for their friendship and ongoing support of our work. They are irreplaceable and well-loved members of our Step By Step family.

February - Susie Christenson

Over two years ago, Susie Christenson read about Step By Step on Facebook and resonated with our mission of helping moms build happy, healthy families. She decided to join our volunteer family and brought her variety of diverse talents to serve alongside us.

Susie works incredibly hard and has volunteered countless times. She is particularly helpful assisting with events, ensuring that each one turns out beautifully. From the early planning stages, right down to the late night work parties, she helps us get every detail just right.

We love her willingness to take on any task. Lately, you can find her assisting with office tasks or helping to plant flower baskets for our greenhouse. She says what she enjoys most about volunteering are the wonderful people she has met along the way. Your Step By Step family loves you, too, Susie!

January - Keller Williams Realty - Puyallup, WA

Late last year, we were approached by Katie England, from Keller Williams of Puyallup, as their office of realtors were looking to help a family in need, during the holiday season. We were able to link them with one of our moms, who had recently fled a domestic violence situation from another state and arrived here with nothing. She was pregnant with her third child, working, going to school,  and living with relatives. She really needed help getting started in her own place, as she didn’t have enough money to get into an apartment, much less furnish it or purchase the things she needed for the baby she was expecting.

We have to say, the staff at this Keller Williams office have beautiful hearts. They gave so generously of their time and resources. In January, we were able to not only help this young mother locate and get into an apartment but also furnish it, for her sweet family. Katie continued to stay in contact with this mom and provided support and encouragement throughout this challenging transition. To see this community of people come together and go above and beyond to care for one of our Step By Step families is amazing! Thank you so much!