Westfield Welcome’s very own Grand Park Ambassadors have been doing some big things for the local community this past year. The volunteers’ main involvement out at Grand Park is to run the Ride Assistance program on busy weekends; providing rides on golf cards to visitors with physical disabilities, visitors who are lost, and more. When operating, Ride Assistance signs can be found near entrances with a telephone number on them to request a ride.
These awesome volunteers have done some amazing things in the short time that they have been out at Grand Park. They come out and donate hours of their time, some of them almost every weekend, to provide excellent visitor experience on the sports campus. Some of them exhibit such dedication! When they started receiving tips for the efforts, we knew we needed to do something meaningful with them.
Every so often, visitors insist on tipping the volunteers for helping them with the Ride Assistance program. While tips are not encouraged, the Grand Park Ambassadors decided to collect the tips from insistent visitors and donate them to a local charity organization. Around Thanksgiving, we started gathering votes from all of the volunteers on which charity they would like to donate the money. The final verdict was for the Heart and Soul Free Clinic in Westfield.
The Heart and Soul Free Clinic is located on Penn Street in Westfield and their mission is “to provide physical, emotional, and spiritual care for uninsured and underinsured individuals in Hamilton County and the surrounding areas regardless of their financial status,” according to their website. They recently purchased a mobile van to help achieve this mission; motivating the volunteers to choose their organization to receive the 2017 donation.
To continue with the tradition, the Grand Park Ambassadors would like to promise their 2018 donation to Open Doors Westfield. All Ride Assistance tips for the 2018 season will be collected and donated at the end of the year.
If you would like to be a volunteer click here.
It is a rewarding experience and a great way to be a part of our community!