Suzanne Ponder, Senior Roster Administrator at Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A., has a heart for helping the most vulnerable members of our community. With her husband, Kevin, Suzanne is a dedicated HALOS Partner and volunteer, and participates regularly in HALOS’ annual programs, events, and kinship care support group meetings. We recently asked Suzanne about her experience with HALOS, and here is what she had to say:
How did you first hear about HALOS?
I first heard about HALOS from being on the holiday committee at Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd. Each year we choose a charitable organization to work with during the holidays and a couple of years ago we chose HALOS. One of our attorneys is on the Board and he spoke to our group about the wonderful work that HALOS does. We adopted a family and tried to purchase everything on their wish lists. My husband and I delivered the gifts to the family at the DSS office and it was so uplifting to be able to see their faces light up and to know that hopefully we were able to make their holiday a little brighter.
What volunteer projects have you been involved with through HALOS?
I joined the HALOS Partners in October of 2011. I have participated in the birthday salutes, holiday giving, and back-to-school programs. In April and in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month, I coordinated blue jean Fridays at my office to help raise money to send 2 kids to summer camp. My husband and I volunteered for the Family Fun on the Creek and we volunteer monthly with the Kinship Care program at the North Charleston and downtown locations.
What has been your best experience as a HALOS volunteer?
I love working with the kids in the Kinship care program. Some of the kids will come in and run to us volunteers with huge smiles and big hugs! It may only be for a few hours each month, but I hope that in the time we spend with the kids, they come to learn that there are a lot of people who care about them. My biggest wish for them is that they get to grow up and be healthy and happy.
What’s your favorite travel memory?
In 1985, when I was 20 years old and fearless, I was able to travel to France for 6 weeks with my French classmates from UNCG. I went to the French Open, Paris Air Show, got to see several beautiful churches and spent time in the chateau country and at the beaches. My favorite part….eating plenty of croissants and chocolate éclairs! I could do that back then because we walked everywhere and I walked off all those extra calories! There is a tunnel network under some of the streets in Paris and several of us climbed down manholes with flashlights (which was illegal to do). There was a room where people congregated and there are drawings all over the walls. I met people from all over the globe down there – very dark and very bizarre!
Tell us about something you like to do outside work and volunteering.
My husband and I like to go to Folly Beach, grab dinner at one of the local hangouts, and then go out on the Folly Beach Pier. I have loved the sound of the ocean since I was a kid, and something about it is very soothing. I can sit there for hours and watch for dolphins and sea turtles.
Want to learn more about how YOU can volunteer with HALOS? Call us at 843-953-3715!