Volunteers of the Year 2017
Jessie Kussurelis began volunteering at CDL mid-2016 and has shown up weekly ready to do whatever we ask her to do. She especially enjoys working on the computer and has been invaluable in helping us get program feedback inputted into a database so we can actually use it. She has also made buttons, cleaned toys in Kidspot (not her favorite thing to do), taken CDs and DVDs out of old cases and put into new, and spent many hours checking over the information in our scanned historical files for accuracy.
Jessie was born in Ann Arbor and raised in Chelsea. Her mom Cyndi told us that Jessie could read through a stack of flash cards at 18 months of age, so they knew she was a special child. They found out just how special she was when she was diagnosed with autism at five years old, and she continued to amaze her family and friends. When she started to read aloud, she would substitute different characters into the same story each time she read it, yet she would keep all the other details the same! Her mom said it made reading quite the adventure as they never knew what story they were going to get when they set down to read! Jessie is also gifted in languages, especially Spanish, and can translate as she reads — pretty amazing!
One of the things we like best about Jessie is her straight-forward delivery — she tells it to you straight up with no beating around the bush! If she doesn’t like what she is doing or thinks she should do it another way, she will tell you. (Remember that comment earlier about cleaning toys not being her favorite thing to do…..?) And while that can be challenging, it keeps us on our toes and helps us look at things from a different perspective that we may not have considered before. So just keep telling it like you see it Jessie!
Age Has Its Benefits!
Are you a volunteer who is 55 years old or older? If so, we have a partnership with the Corporation for National & Community Service (funded by Americorp) that offers supplemental medical insurance that covers you as you travel to and from the library, and while you are here volunteering! To find out more and get signed up for this perk, contact Linda Ballard at 734-475-8732 ext 202 or email her.