Sara Wiseman, our "Behind-the-scenes RAWKstar"

We are very lucky to have volunteers who dedicate their time and energy to the work we do. From all of the support put into the forefront of our programming to the background support, all of RAWK's volunteer work never goes unnoticed! Take a look at all of the cool things our Kalamazoo community members are engaged in.

I volunteer with RAWK because I love Kalamazoo. Literacy and education in general are vital to a healthy community and I am so excited to be a small part of of an organization that supports both for our youth.

- Sara Wiseman

  Sara has been working on a team called Customer Engagement Innovations at Stryker for the past four years. Her role is to help coordinate customer visit logistics and create marketing materials (presentations, brochures, handouts, etc.). Her life is mostly defined by her passion for music (“huge concert junkie”), movies, friends/family, and travel. “Fun fact: I was a tour guide prior to my current role!” Sara’s favorite genres of writing are historical and science fiction. “I love being able to take a step back from the world and wonder what could have been or what could be if this or that aspect of society grows or fails.”Her favorite book is  “Fahrenheit 451”, which she tries to read every year. Other than that, she loves a good John Steinbeck or Stephen King book! This year for RAWK, she has helped at the storefront, created a couple of handouts and provided an extra pair of hands at our zines workshop.   

Sara has been working on a team called Customer Engagement Innovations at Stryker for the past four years. Her role is to help coordinate customer visit logistics and create marketing materials (presentations, brochures, handouts, etc.).
Her life is mostly defined by her passion for music (“huge concert junkie”), movies, friends/family, and travel. “Fun fact: I was a tour guide prior to my current role!” Sara’s favorite genres of writing are historical and science fiction. “I love being able to take a step back from the world and wonder what could have been or what could be if this or that aspect of society grows or fails.”Her favorite book is  “Fahrenheit 451”, which she tries to read every year. Other than that, she loves a good John Steinbeck or Stephen King book!
This year for RAWK, she has helped at the storefront, created a couple of handouts and provided an extra pair of hands at our zines workshop.

 

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I think it’s so cool to help a student pull the thread on their ideas and see them light up when they’ve decided where they want to take their story.

Julie Wheat & Lincoln Readers' Room

This year at RAWK has been an EXCITING experience, with ups and downs, twists and turns, we wouldn't have made it here without the support of the Kalamazoo community and our passionate volunteers. Not only are volunteers diligently working behind the scenes and at the forefront of RAWK's programs but they are living outside the realm of RAWK as well. Take a peek at all of the cool things our community members are involved in!

Learning about RAWK and finding a perfect volunteer fit for me personally after becoming an empty nester has been the highlight of my year.
— Julie Wheat
  Julie has lived in Kalamazoo for 25 years after moving back to Michigan from the west coast. Her husband Tom is a Civil Engineer and they have two kids who are super fortunate Kalamazoo Promise recipients. Their daughter is in the Nursing program at Western Michigan University and their son just finished his freshman year at the University of Michigan . Julie has  been in marketing her entire career, spending nearly 18 years at Biggs Gilmore, an awesome advertising agency downtown Kalamazoo which is now VML, and for the past three years she has been freelancing in our great community. She loves to walk her dogs, spend time outdoors in our beautiful state and she loves to read!

Julie has lived in Kalamazoo for 25 years after moving back to Michigan from the west coast. Her husband Tom is a Civil Engineer and they have two kids who are super fortunate Kalamazoo Promise recipients. Their daughter is in the Nursing program at Western Michigan University and their son just finished his freshman year at the University of Michigan . Julie has  been in marketing her entire career, spending nearly 18 years at Biggs Gilmore, an awesome advertising agency downtown Kalamazoo which is now VML, and for the past three years she has been freelancing in our great community. She loves to walk her dogs, spend time outdoors in our beautiful state and she loves to read!

I primarily work at the RAWK Readers Room at Lincoln Elementary and I look forward to it every week. The kids are amazing and I love listening to them talk and telling me stories that we eventually weave into their own piece of writing. I have participated in a few of the RAWK field trips as well, and I can only say it is an incredible two hours. Everyone should witness the creative stories that a group of kids can collaboratively write in two hours.