Spotlight on Volunteer Extraordinaire Bob Owens by Sara Ingram
Meet Bob Owens, also known as "Super Bob" by RAAP's staff. In 2009, Bob was contacted by RAAP's Canvassing staff to make a commitment to RAAP's mission to realize a world where all people are free from sexual violence. Bob recalls, "After being contacted to volunteer, I went to see what I could do. It was like things just fell into place. First I cleaned and sorted through the basement, then did some painting and so on. Along the way, I became more aware of what RAAP was about ... I am well-rewarded many times over."
Bob has generously offered his time and energy as volunteer extraordinaire! Each week, Bob spends around 4 hours at the office working through a list of facility needs that range from general repairs and yard care to the creative, complex maintenance tasks and projects. Recently, Bob completed the courtyard, a gift to us. He built and installed a beautiful trellis, cleared the weeds, nurtured flowering plants and trimmed the trees - in addition to re-laying the engraved bricks into a secure, level patio area. Bob's efforts transformed a dilapidated courtyard into a serene place for volunteers, staff and house visitors to enjoy. Bob shares, "To me, it was that I was supporting people who are on the front line of victim assistance, who on a rough day, could use a little assistance themselves." Bob comes from a varied background as a local truck driver, production manager in Duluth, administrative clerk in Washington, D.C., and paperboy in Portland, Oregon. He is the father of two daughters, and step-father to five adult children. He and his wife, Eloise (a gifted artisan), share grandparent responsibilities for 20 grandchildren. Bob is a Vietnam veteran serving four years in the Navy.
We extend our sincere gratitude to Bob for his gracious donation of time, supplies and extraordinary skill in maintaining the facility. His presence at RAAP, good humor and endless goodwill is appreciated. Thank you, Bob!
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