“Our small town art association has a history of being run by retired gals who have taken up painting, sewing, and have a love of the visual arts. Then in walks [the claimant] from the Transition2Work company. [The claimant] is this huge, bearded, Harley-riding truck driver. My first thought when interviewing [the claimant] was, oh boy this is going to get interesting! …

In conversation I noticed he was very personable. So that gave me hope he could deal with the public and the established group of ladies at the art center. Later, I found out he had serious reservations about coming to volunteer for us because he had very limited exposure to the arts. I knew early on that some of the gals at the art center had reservations also. All I could do was hope for the best. As it turned out, he was able to soften up the uncertainty with his sense of humor and people skills… [the claimant] adapted quickly to his new volunteer environment. [He] said “When I came up here I had no idea what to expect and I knew nothing about the arts. Now I have a much greater appreciation for what it takes to make a painting.” …

It has been a good fit for us to have a volunteer to help keep the doors open at our not for profit art center… Thanks for helping us out, Transition2Work team!”

From: Kris Killman, President of  Little Egypt Arts Association

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