Volunteer Spotlight: Sandi Smith

Volunteer Spotlight: Sandi Smith


Sandi is a relative newcomer to the ACR volunteer family, but she dove right in and it seems like she’s been with us for years! A fiber arts specialist, she has been instrumental in helping us make sense of all the looms, weaving machines and vintage bits and bobs that come through the center. She’s also a champ when it comes to quilting fabric – sorting boxes upon boxes of mixed sizes so they are ready for folding. Sandi is incredibly versatile and takes new challenges head on. She’s been such a welcome addition to our volunteer community! 


What motivates you to volunteer, and why ACR?

I love the sense of community here. Everyone is so open hearted and interesting and diverse! I recently retired and moved from a place I lived for 22 years. ACR gives me a sense of belonging – which is much needed through all my life changes.


Are you more into the arts aspect of ACR or the conservation aspect and why?

I like both. I have younger people that I love. I want the Earth to be a beautiful place for them to live. I also love to create – sew, weave, knit, crochet.


Where else have you/do you volunteer?

Various social justice events. I’m a Volunteer Deputy Registrar. I’m involved in Powered By People – Beto’s org.


What do you enjoy the most out of volunteering for ACR?

Making order out of chaos feeds my OCD tendencies. I also love interacting with all the wonderful people here.


Do you have any interesting or funny stories about something that happened while you were volunteering at ACR?

I keep trying to implement dance breaks while fabric sorting – but, so far, I’m the only one dancing! 😉


What do you do when you are not volunteering at ACR?

Retired. Play with my cat. Visit with friends and family. Nap. Hope to travel soon. AND – all my hobbies!

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