Volunteer Spotlight – Renee Ripps
“It lifts my heart to be among the people at the Cancer Support Community.” – Renee Ripps
For the past twelve years, Renee Ripps has been an indispensable member of our volunteer team at Cancer Support Community VVSB, consistently stepping up as a leader when a need arises.
After retiring as a school principal in Oxnard, Renee was looking for a volunteer position. She knew she wanted to make a difference for people affected by cancer. The disease had afflicted three of the most important people in her life – her mother, her beloved nanny, who had lived with her family for 50 years and most recently her brother.
Having met CSCVVSB President Suzanne Drace through the Oxnard School District Educational Foundation, she decided to look into CSCVVSB as a place to devote her time. When she met with Volunteer Coordinator Marilyn Way, she felt strongly that this was the place for her.
Renee started working every other week as a front desk volunteer and quickly expanded her service to many areas. She headed up a group of volunteers to regularly prepare and mail calendars and brochures to doctor’s offices and hospitals in L.A. and Ventura Counties, providing essential community awareness of CSCVVSB’s programs. She also chairs the Registration Committee for the Evening of Hope Gala, and coordinates the scheduling of volunteers to help during educational and social events. Most recently, Renee worked tirelessly to help coordinate volunteers throughout the day during our National Cancer Survivors Day (NCSD) Picnic on June 3rd. She started her day at 8:00am that morning, to help set up for the day! She not only helped to make sure everything was ready for the picnic, she also made sure that we had enough volunteers for registration and helped to run it during the NCSD Picnic. Her hard work and fantastic attitude are an inspiration to all of us.
“Renee offers to do any task with a spirit of service and creativity,” says Marilyn Way, who worked with Renee during her time as CSCVVSB Volunteer Coordinator. “As a front desk volunteer she always has a smile and a kind word for everyone. She truly fits the definition of a volunteer.”
“Having seen what my mother and our nanny went through, I just want to give back to people who are in that same position – to alleviate the stress and the pain caused by cancer,” says Renee. “It lifts my heart to be among the people at the Cancer Support Community.”