Purple Community Blog

24 Jul 2020

Van Andel Institute Volunteer of the Quarter – Olivia Payne

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Olivia is an active Van Andel Institute Purple Community volunteer who strongly believes in the importance of volunteer work. She began volunteering with Purple Community just over two years ago through her high school cheer team, and we appreciate the energy she brings to every event! Whether she is cheering on runners at the Color Run or wrapping presents at the Woodland Mall Gift Wrap Pop-up Shop, her passion for volunteering and the mission of Van Andel Institute always shines through.

Her connection to our mission comes from witnessing loved ones who have been affected by cancer and others who are living with Parkinson’s disease. She understands the power of research, which can lead to improvements in therapies and treatments available to those diagnosed. She considers volunteering with Purple Community to be a form of care for those who are living with diseases like cancer and Parkinson’s.

Olivia’s favorite volunteer event was the Woodland Mall Gift Wrap Pop-up Shop. She volunteered alongside her competitive cheer team to wrap presents for donations. Her favorite part was interacting with the people behind the donations and sharing 100% hope with the community!

Her advice to those thinking about volunteering with Van Andel Institute would be “just go for it!” Anyone can register to volunteer, and it is an incredible way to give back to your community and those affected by cancer and Parkinson’s disease.

Are you a high school student looking to get involved with Van Andel Institute? Click HERE for information on our Student Ambassador Program!