Bronwyn Thornton, Executive Director of the Outer Banks Hotline, its board of directors, managers and employees have begun a new tradition of recognizing the dedication and hard work of all our volunteers. Our volunteers are such a valuable part of our organization and we want them to know how much we appreciate their time and talents.
The November 2021 Hotline Volunteer of the Month is Gloria Hoggard, one of our dedicated volunteers in the Manteo thrift store. Gloria was nominated by her manager, Serena Tobiasz.
Serena Tobiasz, manager of the Nags Head store, offered this glowing report of Gloria:
“Finding a person that is a good fit and helps uplift an organization can be difficult; one person can make or break your team. With that in mind, my pick for volunteer of the month is Gloria Hoggard.
“Gloria comes in with a smile and friendly word for everyone every day and a positive attitude. She works linens but will help in almost any area that she can, excluding the register because she just is not comfortable with it. If there are a lot of donations, she will just dig right in and sling bags with the best of them. If I need someone to price, she is there, helping rearrange the products and moving them.
“Gloria is originally from Ahoskie, North Carolina, where she and her husband ran a restaurant until they retired. In November 2015, she moved to Dare County to be closer to Stuart, the younger of her two sons. Her elder son’s name is Steve.
“Gloria started volunteering with Hotline in November of 2015 for fun and she wants to help in the betterment of our community.”
Gloria personifies the kindness and generosity of the volunteer spirit!
Outer Banks Hotline‘s mission is to promote a safe and compassionate community. We are a private, non-profit human services organization that provides crisis intervention, safe house, information and referrals, advocacy, and prevention education services to residents of and visitors to the Outer Banks.
Working together, Hotline’s well-trained volunteers and dedicated staff provide the community with years of crisis intervention experience in the areas of domestic violence and sexual assault response, prevention education, support groups, and community outreach. Programs and services are added and refined over time as needs are identified.
- A variety of support groups to empower and educate survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse, groups to address the issues of men who abuse their partners, and programs for children who are affected by violence and abuse in their families.
- Training and education for allied professionals, such as law enforcement, social workers, health care workers, childcare providers, teachers, and other interested groups. These trainings raise community awareness of the many aspects of personal and domestic crises.
- Outreach in the community and the schools through community leadership in providing resources for anti-bullying prevention, parent education, services for at-risk youth, emergency assistance for individuals in crisis, and deliberate participation in community events and task forces addressing issues of compassion and safety.
- A 24-hour crisis line (252-473-3366) connects a distressed caller to a volunteer trained to listen and make referrals. Topics include suicide, family problems, depression, substance abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault.
- A comprehensive domestic violence program that includes a safe house, advocacy, support, and referral for victims and their children.
- A sexual assault response program that provides the assault victim with a trained advocate at the hospital, during interactions with law enforcement, and in court proceedings. Referrals for counseling options are also offered to the victim and family members.
If you are interested in being a volunteer, please call us or stop by a store.