“Sara’s genuine passion for volunteerism created a space at the Volunteer Center for people like me to be filled with encouragement, support and information,” said Breezie O’Neill, community development manager for the Girl Scouts of Western Washington.
O’Neill attended the National Conference on Volunteering and Service thanks to funding from Sara’s endowment. “By sharing her knowledge and being a champion for volunteerism, Sara unlocked the potential of countless individuals. She is greatly missed.”
Jim said he and Nancy were surprised and amazed by how many lives Sara touched in her 36 years.
“As her dad, I had no idea,” Jim said. “She passed away on a Tuesday, and on Thursday there was a memorial service with hundreds of people. She had only been in that community for two years, and in Washington for only four years and had that kind of impact.”
“There is not a better place than the Capital Region Community Foundation to house the contributions from friends and family for the Sara A. Ballard Volunteerism Fund,” Nancy said. “The Community Foundation’s mission to help donors change the lives of thousands of people in our community is an effort Sara was so passionate about.”
After her death, Jim and Nancy found Sara’s bucket list. One item on her list was to leave a legacy. “The Capital Region Community Foundation will help do just that,” Nancy said.