January Volunteer Spotlight

January Volunteer Spotlight

Family Promise of Beaufort County Shines the Spotlight on Lynn Cordy

As a volunteer driven organization, we will start 2018 by shining the spotlight each month on one of our dedicated volunteers. Our volunteers are the heart of Family Promise. We could never assist our homeless children and their families without the support these volunteers provide in the way of safe lodging, hot meals and friendly companionship. These volunteers work tirelessly and we thought it would be fun for everyone to learn more about them!

In January, we shine the Volunteer Spotlight on Lynn Cordy. As a member of First Presbyterian Church on Hilton Head Island for seven years, Lynn has served as their Host Co-Coordinator for the past three years. Family Promise is a Deacon Ministry and as a Deacon of the church, Lynn selected Family Promise as her ministry. We couldn’t be more pleased that Lynn chose to support our mission.

Lynn and her Co-Coordinator, Rich Allen, organize their volunteers who provide hot meals and companionship for approximately four weeks each year. They also coordinate the set-up and dismantling of space at the church that is converted into “bedrooms” for our families during their stay.  This is no easy task, but with Lynn’s enthusiasm and support her team has always taken wonderful care of our homeless children and their families.            

Lynn and her husband, Tom, moved to Bluffton seven years ago from Poughquag, New York. Lynn was an elementary school librarian for 20 years and then staff developer/program administrator. Tom was a college professor at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Ct.  They have two grown children and five grandchildren.  The oldest grandchildren, twins, are now college freshmen.

When asked what she likes most about living in the Lowcountry, and specifically her community (The Crescent), Lynn responded, “I have enjoyed meeting the variety of people who have moved here, learning about where they came from and about their backgrounds and experiences.”  Lynn hit the ground running since moving here.  She volunteers with LPGA Master Professional Golf Instructor Dr. Jean Harris and the LPGA Girls Golf Program at local golf courses and serves on the Meet and Greet committee for The Crescent.  She volunteers with the World Affairs Council and is the Chair-Elect of the Liberal Ladies of the Lowcountry, where she edits the newsletter and organizes the Book Club.

Lynn enjoys reading and dabbling in genealogy.  Her family has even compiled seven hardcover volumes of their family history!  In addition, she enjoys learning what other cultures have to offer and has hosted many foreign exchange students with whom she has maintained a connection over the years.

Serving this ministry has been rewarding for Lynn because as she states, “I enjoy directly interacting with the families, positively impacting their lives and seeing first-hand how Family Promise helps them get back on their feet.”  She believes her role as a volunteer is to “support” the efforts of Family Promise.  We are eternally grateful for friends like Lynn and we look forward to her continued support of Family Promise and our community.