When Junior League placed Catherine Hettie at Our Children’s House two years ago, she had no idea that the children served by the nonprofit would capture her heart, long after her Junior League assignment was completed.
As part of Children’s Health pediatric hospital—which serves children from infancy through age 18 who have developmental or birth disorders, traumatic injuries or severe illness—Our Children’s House has 10 locations situated around the D-FW area. These outpatient clinics offer an array of services for kids with special health care needs, from developmental screenings and parent education to physical, occupational and speech therapy.
For Catherine, who loves spending time with her nieces and nephews, volunteering at Our Children’s House felt natural from the get-go.
“The children at the clinic don’t have a lot of happy things going on in their lives, so I enjoy helping with activities like craft projects, games and holiday events,” Catherine says. “It’s inspiring to see all the people that volunteer their time and talents to bring a little joy into the lives of these children.”
When Catherine joined ORIX just over a year ago, she was thrilled to discover that Our Children’s House was a charity that ORIX was already supporting. The staff and volunteers, Catherine says, arrange such fun experiences for the children that the kids often find it hard to leave. “That speaks so highly of the program and the people behind it,” she says.
While her volunteer hours are spent at Our Children’s House and the Dallas Arboretum Children’s Garden, Catherine spends her days working as an Assistant Controller in Finance at ORIX. Hailing from Boerne, Texas, just outside of San Antonio, this outdoor enthusiast likes to spend time hiking and biking—and planning her September 2017 wedding.
For someone as busy as she is, Our Children’s House is a great volunteer opportunity since volunteers can make a difference in just an hour or two after work or on weekends.
For Catherine, the opportunity is a no-brainer. “It’s an opportunity to bring some happiness to children,” she says.