Volunteer Spotlight is a feature designed to help you get to know the people who give their time and talents at Open Door Resource Center to support the families of Wyandot County. This week’s spotlight volunteer is Rachel Moore (pictured above with husband Scott). Rachel and Scott live in Upper Sandusky.
You wouldn't know it by watching her play piano and sing at church on Sundays, but Rachel Moore describes herself as someone who would “rather work behind the scenes.” The Upper Sandusky native also teaches adult Sunday School where she has had to overcome her natural shyness in order to fulfill her ministerial calling. “God has definitely led me out of my comfort zone” she said “but I’m learning to follow his will in my life.”
At Open Door Resource Center, Moore conducts interview sessions with clients and helps them create a plan of action in times of crisis. In this role, she has found that being someone who is naturally more likely to listen than talk has been beneficial. “Good listening skills are so important in crisis situations,” she said “because when you really listen to people that are hurting; that is-in and of itself-a way of helping them.”
“Of course, we do much more but I think listening is a kind of empathy that helps reinforce to people that they are important and that who they are is more than the sum of their problems.” Moore believes that her fellow volunteers at Open Door are well-equipped in that regard. “Everyone here has at their core a great desire to help people and they are so dedicated to what they do.”
Helping others has come to define the way this volunteer lives her life. In addition to giving time at Open Door, Moore is a board member of the Freedom Center food pantry (where she serves 2-3 days per month), and she leads her church’s ladies service committee. “I believe God put me on earth to lead people to Christ,” Moore explained “and service is one of the best ways to introduce people to the love of God.”
Moore knows that being a client interviewer may not be for everyone, quickly pointing out the opportunities that exist at Open Door for work that doesn't involve client interaction such as “special projects, helping out with clerical tasks, cleaning and fundraising.” Her advice for those that are looking for a place to serve? “Don’t be afraid to do something that makes you uncomfortable.”
You just might find God’s will for your life.