Rose City Rollers is happy to award December’s Gold Star Volunteer to Nancy Kay, a volunteer who believes in the values, mission, and community of Rose City Rollers. Through RCR, Nancy has not only watched her own daughter blossom into an awesome, inclusive, and understanding young human, she has also had the opportunity to see it happen in other junior skaters. Nancy has a passion for the Rose City Juniors program and sees RCR as a safe space for all young individuals, a home of acceptance, where embracing differences make us stronger. She sees the future potential power of what our Juniors program brings to the Portland community as a whole and how we can shape the future. Nancy has served in many capacities as a volunteer throughout her years with the league, but a favorite of hers is coordinating Roller Rally, a fundraising event held yearly for the Juniors. Congratulations Nancy, thank you for volunteering and helping to foster a community of love and inclusivity.
What has being in RCR volunteer meant to you?
I’ve really enjoyed being a volunteer for RCR. Over the past 2 years I’ve had the opportunity to meet some truly incredible people that have the same passion of making this sport fun, inviting, and inclusive for all junior skaters. Volunteering has given me the chance to learn a few new skills and give back to the community that has provided so much growth to my skater. It’s my way of saying thank you to those who make this program run.
Do you think you will ever stop being a part of RCR?
I hope not! I am truly passionate about what RCR has to offer the community. It offers a space for young people to explore their athleticism in a non-traditional youth sport while also creating an inclusive culture to those who might not find it elsewhere. At some point, my daughter may decide derby is no longer for her and that’s ok. I still want to be involved in supporting RCR’s mission.
Any suggestions for new volunteers or those considering volunteering with RCR?
Don’t be afraid to ask how you can help. Think of all the skills you can offer the league and I can assure you there is a place for you. Every contribution, no matter how small, makes a big impact on the league and skaters.
RCR means a great deal to my family. We are always happy to help whenever possible and as needed. I am humbled by this award and can think of many people more deserving. An organization of this size does not get this big without the help of many dedicated folks. So thank you, RCR volunteers, for creating this world many call their home, family, or community.