Purple Community Blog

8 Nov 2019

Congratulations to our Angel of the Quarter Dominic Russell!

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Dominic has a passion for helping others. He first became involved with Purple Community when his friend informed him of a volunteering opportunity at Van Andel Institute. He fell in love with the mission at VAI and felt empowered knowing that his efforts directly impact important biomedical research happening in Grand Rapids. Dominic is a familiar face at the Institute; he can be seen volunteering for Purple Community every Wednesday, helping our team prepare for different events happening within the community. When Dominic is not volunteering with Purple Community, he’s working at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital as a part of Guest Services, being active with his church, advocating for those with disabilities, cheering on the Michigan Wolverines and spending time with his friends and family.

Dominic finds the mission of Purple Community so important because it gives those affected by cancer and Parkinson’s hope to see that there are people fighting alongside them. Dominic knows firsthand the pain and devastation that one can go through after losing a loved one. He lost his own father to cancer, along with other loved ones. But Dominic is happy there are places like VAI that help give those individuals hope. One of Dominic’s favorite things about volunteering at Purple Community is hearing the positive stories that are told at many events. He sees and is moved by the hope that Purple Community gives to those who need it. Dominic also loves the amazing people he gets to work with who dedicate so much time and energy to give back to helping others. He finds it very important to give back and recognize organizations like Purple Community that are doing so much positive work within the community by giving hope.

One of Dominic’s favorite events to volunteer at is the Purple Community Griffins game. He loves the atmosphere and getting to educate our community about all the good Purple Community is doing!

We are so appreciative of all our volunteers, especially Dominic who brings such a positive spirit to each event he is a part of. It’s volunteers like Dominic Russell that make Purple Community so incredible! Thank you, Dominic, for everything you do for us!

If you would like to learn how to get more involved with Purple Community click HERE for more information!