BLOG: VIP Volunteer: The gift of time and talent to MOCA

BLOG: VIP Volunteer: The gift of time and talent to MOCA


9.13.13 Each month, MOCA highlights a new VIP Volunteer. This month, we’re talking about September VIP Volunteer John Zimmerman, who gives both his time and his talent to MOCA.

If you’ve been to the MOCA office, no doubt that the delicate piece of stained glass hanging in our front window – a beautiful teal ribbon, of course – caught your eye. This piece was made and donated by a committed MOCA volunteer, John Zimmerman.

John’s connection to MOCA started over 10 years ago, when his wife Kathleen passed away from ovarian cancer. He wanted to make a difference against this disease, and now for the past decade, he’s contributed his talents to MOCA in so many ways.

With a mind for numbers, John volunteers his time by helping with accounting for MOCA at our office on a regular basis.  This means he gives hours of his time after our major events, like the Silent No More Walk/Run, helping our finance manager finalize donations and registrations.

John gets in the “trenches” of day-of volunteering as, well – whether it’s helping with the enormous job of coordinating parking at our annual Silent No More Walk/Run (no small feat with more than 3,500 attendees!), and by helping with the check-out process after the auction at our Mid Summer Night’s Gala each July.

But his volunteer efforts aren’t limited to number-crunching – John’s creative side comes out to support MOCA as well! Besides contributing to our office artwork with his stained glass, he also donates several pieces of his gorgeous glass to the Gala silent auction, often fetching donations in the hundreds of dollars to support MOCA’s research, programming and education programs.

We’re so grateful for all John does to support MOCA on a daily basis and at our special events.  If you’d like to join John in giving of your time to MOCA, there are a variety of volunteer roles that we look to fill! Check out our volunteer page for more information.