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Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer Voice: John & Julie Priem

March 17, 2023

By Jessica Vance

Local Involvement. Major Impact.

After visiting Wolf Ridge for the first time years ago and being amazed by the work, John and Julie Priem were inspired to volunteer. Not only has it been a good way for the couple to make a difference, they also enjoy getting to know people in their local community.

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John Priem and Family

Q&A With John & Julie

What interested you in becoming a volunteer with us?

We first visited Wolf Ridge at a summer open house about five or six years ago. We were so amazed at everything that Wolf Ridge was doing and wanted to be a part of it. We also thought it would be a good way to meet other people in the local community.

What is the best part about volunteering at Wolf Ridge?

It is so fun to see all the kids at Wolf Ridge, especially when they are on “KP.” We can’t believe how enthusiastic they are and how much fun they have.

“Wolf Ridge is doing so many things to support its mission, but there is a lot of behind-the-scenes support that is necessary to make it all happen. Especially in today’s tight labor market, you can have a significant impact helping Wolf Ridge achieve its mission by volunteering.”

— John & Julie Priem

What have you learned as a result of volunteering with us?

I think we were both surprised that I (John) could actually do some food preparation! It was also great to see the teamwork at Wolf Ridge – how everyone works to support each other even if they work in other “departments.”

Related to your Wolf Ridge volunteer experience, is there anything that has surprised you?

We knew that staffing shortages were having an impact on Wolf Ridge, but we were amazed how appreciative the staff are to have the help.

Our last call for volunteers led John to join our Board! We encourage you to follow his lead and volunteer today.