Feeding Matters Volunteer Spotlight is a monthly Q & A series that shares the stories of our growing network of change agents, the driving force behind our vision to create a world where children with pediatric feeding disorder will thrive. This month we bring you Sally Hamilton. Sally began volunteering with Feeding Matters at our annual community luncheon where she identified that she wanted to dedicate more of her time to our organization. You can find Sally every Thursday morning at the Feeding Matters office helping with a number of projects!
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.
I am a retired Occupational Therapist; I worked with students with special needs for over 42 years, mainly in public education in Colorado and Arizona. I have been married to my husband Don for 44 years and have one married daughter and they are expecting their first child in April 2020. I love to sew, read, ride my bike, play pickleball, and travel.
What motivated you to become involved with Feeding Matters?
I volunteered to work at Feeding Matters annual fundraising luncheon and was very impressed with what I saw and what I read about the organization. In my career as an Occupational Therapist I worked with many families who had children with sensory processing disorders, some of whom also had children with feeding challenges.
How have you volunteered with Feeding Matters?
Along with volunteering at the annual luncheon, I go into the Feeding Matters office every Thursday morning and help out with phone calls and projects. Everyone there is so friendly and I feel like I am contributing to a very worthwhile organization.
What has been your favorite part of volunteering with Feeding Matters?
My favorite part of volunteering with Feeding Matters has been to be able to connect with individuals who are a part of the Power of Two program through phone calls and surveys. I’ve been able to see how this organization has made a powerful impact on families who face eating/feeding challenges.
What sets Feeding Matters apart from other organizations?
Besides their wonderful staff, I am so impressed that Feeding Matters in an international organization and has so many volunteers, as well as distinguished board members. Their commitment to providing the expert knowledge, resources and education needed to understand feeding challenges is outstanding!