Each month, we highlight a volunteer making a big difference for one of our affiliate partners. This month, we are pleased to honor Lynn Marquardt, a dedicated volunteer for Volunteers of America-MN’s RSVP program.
By Rachel Laurie, Volunteers of America – MN, RSVP Program
Lynn Marquardt volunteers as a Bone Builders class leader at Dickman Park Apartments in Minneapolis. Bone Builders, a signature program of RSVP, is an osteoporosis prevention exercise class that removes economic barriers by providing free classes for older individuals that may not have opportunities for exercise otherwise.
She has taken a very diverse group of Bone Builders class participants and has formed a unified family. She incorporates the cultures and languages of the class participants by counting in different languages and teaching new words to bring familiarity and a welcome environment, and encourages the class to respect and honor each other.
Lynn organizes parties and celebrations for the class and provides a great social atmosphere for the class participants who may not have other opportunities. Her charismatic charm and ability to include everyone has transformed the social and cultural atmosphere, as well as the health, of a diverse group in Northeast Minneapolis. Through her tireless efforts to include everyone, she makes all feel that they are welcome and an important part of the community.
Thank you, Lynn, for choosing to make a difference!
Find out more about volunteering with Volunteers of America – Minnesota.