Volunteer Spotlight – Joe Cullen
As a certified personal trainer and volunteer at the Pedersen-McCormick Boys & Girls Club of Chicago, Joseph Cullen is always on the move. Joe is from Long Island, NY and attended Bowling Green University where he obtained his MBA and played running back for the university’s football team for three years in mid-‘70s. In 1994, he moved to Chicago and has since called the city home.
Since Joe has started volunteering with BGCC last fall, he has had a tremendous impact on the Club. "I signed up to volunteer because I wanted to have a positive impact and share my life experiences with the youth. Turns out they likely have had a more positive impact on me because of their enthusiasm to learn and thoughtfulness they show to others inspires me. These youth need more positive adult role models, they are just as valuable, talented and skilled as anyone else and deserve the same opportunities that other kids have."
In his 6 months as a Club volunteer, Joe has not only made a strong connection with the club members, but has also been a huge support to the Club staff. Pedersen-McCormick Club staff member David Leef said, "Joseph has been a wonderful addition to this year’s Pedersen-McCormick volunteer staff. On top of coming in once a week to help out with both the gym and games room, he has also been readily available to help out with different events like our Thanksgiving Dinner and our Holiday Party. Joe also became a gift sponsor for the Holiday Party and gave a lucky family some amazing toys. Joe brings an unconditional willingness to help and teach the youth and we truly appreciate all that he does for our Club."
It is because of dedicated volunteers like Joe that Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago is able to accomplish our mission. We sincerely thank Joe and the hundreds of other volunteers across the organization that serve in a variety of capacities for their service and commitment.