JOY ARCHER

What's your favorite thing about Bainbridge Island?

It's a community. Some places are just a town or a city - it takes a special something to make a collection of buildings and roads and people into a place where neighbors worry over each other and where we make an effort to help each other.

What has surprised you about being part of AAB?

I thought I wouldn't want to have much contact with our recipients, all of whom are going through very difficult medical situations. I was afraid of how that contact would make me feel. But then I realized my efforts on the board were meaningless unless I understood who I was fighting for. Now I understand that those connections turn me into the warrior they need me to be so I can help them.

ORLANDO BOLEDA

What's a time when you were most proud of the island community?

There isn’t a single time, as I continue to marvel that AAB is funded by the on-going generosity of people who give over and over.

What's your dream for AAB?

My dream is that every citizen of every community in our country has their health care needs met at every level, and we become a tiny footnote in history.

What does AAB need most?

Continued trust that we are good stewards of our community’s generosity, and continued community support of our cause.


KEN GOODMAN

When were you proudest of the island community?

AAB serves people in financial need - not a population usually associated with Bainbridge Island - and who often have no strong ties to the community. Nonetheless, the community turns out with financial and emotional support to let our recipients know that they are not alone in their fight against a serious illness.

What has surprised you about being part of AAB?

The realization that having health insurance can mean very little. You can have the best insurance policy available, but your daily needs can still become a major stress if you have no income and savings to pay for housing, food and prescriptions.

HEATHER PATRICK

What has surprised you most about being part of AAB?

The variety of ways in which we help. Beyond just financial support, we really tailor our response to the needs of each individual recipient, from building a vegetable garden to buying and installing a wheelchair battery to just being a shoulder to cry on.

Why do you volunteer for AAB?

Helping others is a great way to maintain a healthy perspective - it's humbling. And the other board members and volunteers and supporters are great people: energetic, fun, admirable.

What do you do when you're not helping people in crisis?

Spend as much time as possible laughing!

 

HEATHER BURGER

How did you get involved with AAB?

I was standing in line at the swimsuit spinner at the pool and Ken Goodman said, "Hey, you wanna' be on the board of AAB?" They knew I was interested. I saw that they worked in a completely selfless and direct way. They liked to have fun, and would do whatever they could to help people in need in our community.  Who wouldn't want to be a part of that?

What's the coolest thing AAB has done so far?

In 2010 recipient Melanie Sattler wanted to swim in our annual relay. She wanted to be part of our effort to support her. We chipped in and bought her a wetsuit and she and I spent some time practicing swimming in Manzanita Bay. On the evening of the relay finish, only a few months before she would die, she was fearless, striking out across the bay. She was escorted by kayaks, powerboats, sailboats and cheering family and friends. That was cool. 

JACKLYN FABBRI

What has surprised you most about being part of AAB?

The resilience of the people we support.  Most of our recipients are going through unimaginable adversity, both medically and emotionally.  Yet they continue to fight – without complaining.  It’s humbling.

Why do you volunteer for AAB?

I'm proud to be part of a group that looks after our neighbors in need. My mother used to say, "Charity begins at home." I understand better what that means since I've joined AAB.

How did you get involved with AAB?

I was bamboozled. ;-)


CESTJON MCFARLAND

Why do you volunteer for AAB?

Because it is a grassroots organization seeking to do something fundamental and important by providing assistance to those in crisis. We are a stronger community if people have a place to turn to in a time of need.

What's the coolest thing AAB has done so far?

Brought bingo back to the island!

What's your dream for AAB?

To find the right balance between providing one-on-one, personal support to recipients and growing enough so that we don't have to turn people away.