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Red-Vested Rockstar: Joe Scovronski

Joe-ScovronskiWhy he ROCKS?! “I love working with kids.  After talking to some friends at Children’s and hearing about all the fun opportunities to serve kids & families, I found the online application an easy first step into getting involved.  I’m an architect at Target Corporation, designing stores by day and volunteering with my church’s children’s ministry/Big Brothers Big Sisters by night!  I love being outdoors & exploring the local arts and music scenes.”

Favorite thing to do outside of volunteering? “Fishing:  I can’t wait for the upcoming Walleye opener. I go with a group of friends to Leech Lake and Winnibigoshish way Up North. I also am in an amateur bass fishing league through the summer…a little competition is good!”

Do you have any kids or pets of your own? “I have a son, Samuel. He graduated from UW-Madison with a Mechanical Engineering degree last summer and works in Columbia, MO now. I started helping in children’s ministry at church with his 2nd grade boys’ class, and have kept volunteering with kids ever since.”

If you could create a new candy bar, what would be in it and what would you name it? “This would be one area that I’d contribute to without kids in mind: I’m a home-brewer, so I’d love to create a chocolate stout candy bar or something along those lines using some of my beers in the mix.  I’d call it Chocolate Barrel.”

Share a favorite volunteer experience or story: “My fondest memory was during book-cart rounds maybe 4-weeks after I had started: I rounded a corner, and a young girl was waiting with anticipation near her door for her books. She started jumping up and down when she saw the full book-cart, and had a huge smile as she made her choices. She chose 5 books including some early-readers. I asked how she was doing at her reading and she proceeded to show me! I told her she was a good reader, and that she could get some more books the next day. She smiled, sat down on her bed and continued refining her skills at sounding out the words. The best part of the experience was that the books helped her to focus on something positive and happy during her stay at Children’s.”

“I always wanted to have a daughter in addition to my son, but it wasn’t to be. Some of my favorite times are at church with the three-year-old girls. They jump up and down enthusiastically when they see me upon arriving to class, and they all want to tell me their stories about the week’s happenings. We sit and read books and do puzzles…anything that encourages a little one-on-one time to show them how special they are is a precious time for me. So I guess I have lots of daughters now…for a little time each week.”

Thank you for all you do Joe!

Jenna Van Proosdy