Why has Linda Haag, a volunteer at Bethesda’s Green Bay, Wisconsin, Thrift Shop, spent over 25 years and dedicated 7,750 volunteer hours over her lifetime to support people with disabilities?
For Linda, the answer is obvious. “I do it for them”, explained Linda. “Them” being the over 3,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities that Bethesda supports throughout the United States in multiple supportive living, day programs, and vocational enrichment opportunities.
With 17 locations in eight states across the country, Bethesda’s Thrift Shops are a direct way for members of the community to support and connect with our mission. The individuals who staff our thrift shops and donation centers function as ambassadors for our mission—sharing their firsthand experiences about how Bethesda helps people with disabilities lead brighter, fuller lives.
Linda first heard about Bethesda through her church and discovered that volunteering at a thrift shop would be an excellent way to serve people with disabilities. At 91 years of age, Linda has no plans of slowing down her commitment. Spending her day at the thrift shop gives Linda the chance to put her faith in Jesus into profound action by serving an organization that provides a Christ-centered focus to all people with disabilities.
What would we do without people like Linda? Honestly, the work of our volunteers is paramount for continuing Bethesda’s over 100 year-old mission of enhancing the lives of people with disabilities through services that share the good news of Jesus Christ. Thank you, Linda, for walking this journey with us, for freely giving of your time and talent in order to provide a better life for a person with disabilities. May the Lord who has begun this good work in you, bring it to fulfillment!