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Volunteer Spotlight – a Chat with Joy Rowlands

July 27, 2017
Phinney’s Friends is so blessed to have many wonderful people and organizations put their trust in us to help low-income families and pets every year. One such organization is the Cotting School, which last year took on the task of operating a pet food pantry in partnership with us. They are doing spectacular work, thanks to their dedicated staff and enthusiastic students.
Enter Joy Rowlands – a Phinney’s volunteer who helps, among other tasks, manage the pet food pantry we operate with Cotting School. She’s only been with us since April, but she’s wasted no time in proving herself invaluable. According to Daniela Caride, Phinney’s Friends’ President, “Joy is a force of nature. She is so focused, effective and kind hearted. We are so lucky she decided to volunteer for Phinney’s.”
We decided to have a chat with Joy to discuss what she loves about Phinney’s Friends and why she volunteers.
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Joy with pup Amigo at Phinney’s “Paws in Bloom” event.

PF: Joy, thanks so much for chatting with us! Can you tell us a little about yourself?

JR: Sure! First and foremost, I love animals! I have a B.S. in Animal Science, and I am the proud pet parent of three rescue dogs. I have two teenage children (if anyone has an updated “Guide to Living Thru Teenage Years” – I would be eternally grateful if you let me borrow it!). In my spare time I enjoy cooking, gardening, hiking/running, reading and doing crafts.
PF: You’ve only been working with Phinney’s since April, but you’re already doing so much! What are your current roles?
JR: I started working with Phinney’s when my children and I volunteered at the Easterpalooza event at Pet Source, where animals have their pictures taken with the Easter bunny. I had such a great time, and felt so strongly about the organization, that I decided to keep volunteering.  Right now I have two roles – I am helping the children at the Cotting School in Lexington, MA in our pet pantry. I help them receive and organize the pet food, supplies and donations we receive. During the school year, teachers assist them with their tasks, but in the summer, a Phinney’s volunteer – in this case, me! – helps them sort thru items, create an inventory and prepare food/supply requests.
I am also aiding Lauren Terry, Phinney’s  Foster Coordinator, with administrative tasks.
PF: What made you decide to start volunteering with Phinney’s?
JR: I love animals!  I know that I could not live without my animals (nor could they live without me) so I truly understand what the thought of losing them would do to me. So I can imagine that for others – our clients who cannot afford to take care of their pets. Helping these people is what drives me to volunteer with Phinney’s.

Joy’s three rescue dogs, Dash, Shylo and Amigo.

PF: What’s your favorite thing about volunteering with Phinney’s so far?
JR: My favorite thing about volunteering for Phinney’ has been working with so many people, the other Phinney’s volunteers, who are absolutely passionate about helping others!
PF: What would you tell someone interested in volunteering with Phinney’s or helping in other ways?
JW:  I would tell them that any in spare time they have, even if they feel it is not a significant amount of time, they can do something that can help others. An organization is not just one person, but is the combined combination of all who work for that cause. Phinney’s is what it is because of the volunteers, and it’s a great place to be!
Thanks, Joy, for all you’ve done, and for all we know you will accomplish with Phinney’s in the future!
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  1. Elizabeth Warshaw permalink
    July 27, 2017 11:26 pm

    THank you to all the volunteers who are so dedicated and do a wonderful job. Without you all there would be no Phinney’s Friends taking such good care of these needy pets and helping their moms and dads maintain their wellbeing. Again THANKS. 🐱

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