Dorcas Ministries is fortunate to have over 300 dedicated and hard-working volunteers. We would like to thank each volunteer for supporting Dorcas Ministries and helping us make a difference in the Cary and Morrisville community.
Each month, we are going to introduce one of the many faces of Dorcas Ministries. Every volunteer contributes to our organization in different ways and we could not operate without each of them.
This month we would like for you to meet Gary McKinney, Board of Directors President.
Gary McKinney has been a part of the Dorcas Ministries family since 1999. He has filled several roles at Dorcas Ministries, including a staff position and is currently our Board of Directors President. Gary is married to Thresea McKinney (they are about to celebrate their 30th anniversary!). He has three children that have blessed him with 5 grandchildren. Gary is a 1972 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a B.S. in Accounting. He retired from IBM after 30 years, where he spent the last 15 as a Corporate Internal Auditor and other various Internal Audit Management Positions.
Gary took the time out of his schedule as volunteer and Board President to answer some questions for us.
How long have you been with Dorcas Ministries and how did you get connected?
I joined Dorcas in August of 1999. I had been retired from IBM for three years and was enjoying the leisure life but Thresea (my wife) suggested I check into some things to get out of the house more. I saw an ad in the Cary News about a twenty hour a week porter position at a local non-profit and I thought it might be a nice, easy way to help out and stay busy. The non-profit turned out to be Cary Community in Action (now Dorcas Ministries). That twenty hour a week position morphed into a full-time forty hour a week position.
Have you always volunteered in the Drop Off area?
I have always worked and volunteered in donations drop-off. However, I became responsible for most phases of inventory and property management.
How have things at Dorcas changed or grown over the years?
Obviously, the greatest change has been our move from a 14K ft. facility to a 30K ft. facility. Virtually every aspect of our organization has doubled; materials, revenues, etc. The most gratifying constant is our fantastic team of volunteers who make our ministry possible.
How long have you served on the Board of Directors? What does that experience mean to you?
This is mid-term of my projected three year tenure on the Board of Directors. Serving as President has allowed me the capability to help steer our organization into the future.
What is your favorite part about volunteering at Dorcas?
My favorite part of volunteering at Dorcas is experiencing first-hand the level of devotion our volunteers have to Dorcas Ministries.
What does Dorcas Ministries mean to you?
Dorcas Ministries to me represents what is right in the non-profit community. An organization seeking to provide a helping hand to our neighbors at a time of crises and then taking that step forward to help them through their tough times with a hand-up and not just a hand-out.
We also want to take a moment to wish a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our volunteers with June birthdays:
Alicia B., Allison G., Anita M., Barb E., Becky S., Brad D., Carolyn M., Charlotte H., Charlotte V., Cindy S., Cornelia M., Delores C., Diane L., Edward J., Helen C., Hank A., Jacqueline H., Jackie K., Jean H., Jeanette E., Joyce P., Karen M., Linda S., Lisa C., Lois K., Margaret C., Patricia. W., Sandy M., Sara S., Shirley G., Steven B., and Tina F.