By Sarah Annecone
Four years ago, BCAP hired Beth Bernard through CU as an Administrative Work Study. She helped with whatever Cynthia Olmsted, BCAP’s Services Coordinator, had for her to do, while sharing the front office with 3 other staff. At the time, she was a Works Program (syringe access) volunteer with the Boulder County Public Health and also did HIV-antibody testing for them. Soon after starting with BCAP, Beth joined the ranks of BCAP’s volunteer HIV Test Counselors.
Since her work study ended, Beth has volunteered in many roles with BCAP: in the garden, as an HIV test counselor and by doing administrative projects for BCAP’s Executive Director, Ana Hopperstad. Beth also volunteered with BCAP’s Special Events: at two of BCAP’s Local Legends Galas and twice for the KBCO Studio C CD release (a December fundraiser for BCAP). Beth has stayed in touch with BCAP over the years and reached out to offer help anytime she has the time or a break coming up from school.
Beth says “I’ve always felt my work was appreciated and welcomed. It’s the main reason I want to spend my free time this way! BCAP really does feel like my family. When I graduated with a BA in Sociology, Cynthia attended my graduation and then we came back to BCAP after graduation for photos with the staff in my cap and gown!”
Over the next three months, Beth will be working on BCAP’s annual Client Satisfaction and Needs Assessment Survey. She is doing this primarily to help BCAP out, but also for a research class on Program Evaluation that she’s taking at DU, where she is in the final semester of a Masters in Social Work. For this project, Beth will be reviewing input from BCAP’s Inclusiveness and Programs committees on survey tools BCAP administered in the past. Then she will finalize this year’s survey, oversee a mailing of it to BCAP clients, and do a statistical analysis of the data for BCAP’s learning and the clients’ benefit. What an immeasurable help to BCAP!
As a graduate student, Beth is very busy. When she has free time, she enjoys decompressing with her cat Lucy, volunteering for Hospice, and doing anything that takes her out of the city, outside and into nature. She likes to hike and last summer, she tried lake kayaking, which she also really enjoys.
When asked for advice for a new volunteer, Beth suggests: “Try more than one thing at BCAP; there are lots of ways to spend a few hours. Go out of your comfort zone by trying something new!”
Thank you Beth, for all you do to help BCAP staff and clients. We are grateful to you for staying in touch with BCAP through the years and reaching out whenever you have time. Lucky BCAP!