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MEET OUR VOLUNTEERS

We have some of the best volunteers on earth! Meet a few of the awesome people that make Elevate Branson a success. These wonderful folks and many more like them keep this organization going, growing, serving and elevating our neighbors and our community.

DOUG LAY:

Elevate Work Instructor
Doug has committed countless hours to the Elevate Work program, dedicating his time and energy to loving our neighbors. As a mentor, business panel participant, and course instructor, Doug spurs Elevate Work students on to help them find purpose and overcome roadblocks that keep them from reaching their full potential in the workforce. “I have continued to teach because I’ve seen the need for students to understand their self worth and the dignity that working brings,” says Doug. “Most students haven’t been blessed with someone to help them navigate life and the deliberate steps they need to take to be contributing members of our community. Through encouragement and love, Elevate Work gives students the opportunity to completely transform themselves and their family’s lives.” We couldn’t agree more, especially when people like Doug take part!

JERRY SANDERSON:

Elevate Work And Computer Course Instructor!
Since November 2020, Jerry has tirelessly dedicated his time to investing in the future workforce through Elevate Work. His commitment to our Elevate Work and computer course students is unmatched! We’re so thankful for Jerry’s loyalty to our program, and for his calling to teach and invest in those looking to discover and pursue their purpose. We couldn’t do it without you, Jerry!

WAYNE & NIKKI YOST:

Finding Family and Fellowship Through Serving Others

Wayne and Nikki drive from Springfield every Thursday night for Elevate Outreach. For almost three years they have been part of the team connecting with the working poor of the Branson community. In their words, “We volunteer for the relationships. Other volunteers become like family, plus there’s the relationships with the neighbors we serve. The smiles we get at every door brighten our week.” Call Amy Stallings at 417.335.0266 to join the Outreach team this week. Helping hands and caring hearts are always needed and greatly appreciated.

LINDA McFADDEN:

We Think You’ll Agree, Linda Rocks!

Linda McFadden has been volunteering for more than ten years in thrift stores.  When asked about volunteering at Elevate Branson, Linda said, “God calls all to serve with the gifts he has given us.  Elevate Branson is a caring and enjoyable place for me to serve and be creative.”  She continues to act on God’s calling by using her skills in a selfless manner to help others.   Her gift of creativity shows in her painted pieces including rocks, jars, etc. that she donates to the Elevate Thrift Store.  The proceeds of her creative pieces support our Up with Kids! program.  We thank Linda for her time and sharing her calling and gifts with us to benefit the children in our community!

MICAYLA McCLURE:

High Schooler Helps Job Candidates Prep For Success

Micayla is a Spokane High School senior and part of the GO-CAPS program.  As her capstone project, Micayla chose to work with Elevate Branson to provide resources to those preparing for job interviews. So she reached out to area churches for the use of showers and lodging facilities for towels, shampoo & conditioner. Thank you Micayla and a shout out to all the great young folks making a difference in their communities.

AJ BASSET:

Stitching Together Many Ways To Serve God and His Community

AJ is a wonderful and appreciated member of the Branson community who lives a life of Christ-like service and love for others. He regularly helps Elevate Outreach with meal prep and delivery. One Thursday night, while serving, AJ heard about Elevate Thrift Store and he immediately exclaimed, “I’m gonna bring in my hats and scarves!” It seems one of his many hobbies is knitting, with all his knitted items given as gifts to friends and family or donated to charities like Elevate Branson.