Sherri Murphy and her husband Michael joined the McKinney community just seven years ago, moving from California. They dove right in, volunteering as a way to get engaged in her new community. Nominated for Town SquareBuzz.com‘s Heroes Hall of Fame by Christine Hockin-Boyd, Executive Director of McKinney’s Community Lifeline Center (CLC), Murphy serves as the unpaid Volunteer Coordinator at CLC.
“When I began to think about the opportunity to nominate Sherri, the first thing that came to my mind was joy,” Hockin-Boyd said. “When you think about Sherri Murphy, most people who get to meet her see the joy that is all over her face. She embraces life. She works with our volunteers each and every day and that (joy) exudes from here. She encourages those volunteers daily.”
In her role as volunteer coordinator, Murphy introduces community volunteers into the CLC agency. The tasks run the gamut from working in the CLC’s lifeline market … to stuffing envelopes or other administrative duties … to being part of a special event. Murphy screens potential volunteers and encourages them in their role as assigned each day.
Murphy, a former pre-school teacher, said she always wanted to do some volunteer work and she landed on the CLC opportunities through Volunteer McKinney. When Murphy moved to McKinney and retired from teaching she said, “I wanted to recreate my life. I wanted to immerse myself in the town.”
Working 15 to 20 hours per week at CLC, Murphy’s volunteer hours save CLC thousands of dollars each year, Hockin-Boyd said. “When Sherri comes to volunteer, we often get two for one, as she brings her husband Michael with her. That’s a bonus!”
“I love working with the volunteers and sharing my skills with anyone I can,” Murphy said with her signature chuckle. “I have a new favorite thing, We were involved in the make a difference day this year and we had a day where we made recognition gifts and we made a gift for all the volunteers. As a former pre-school teacher, I loved that.”
Also involved in the Alzheimer’s Walk that was started by McKinney’s Karen Klassen, owner of Spoons Cafe in downtown McKinney, Murphy said “I just immediately wanted to get involved because my husband’s mother suffers from that.” In 2013, Murphy coordinated all of the volunteers for the Alzheimer’s Walk.
“Sherri is a lover of life and of people,” Hockin-Boyd said.
“I love living in McKinney and I want to immerse myself in the community and volunteering is a way to do that,” Murphy said. “You meet so many wonderful people and get involved (through volunteering) with community members.”
What has been one of Murphy’s most memorable volunteer moments? “Volunteering with Mane Gait. I was working with a child three sessions in a row and I watched him progress enough that he no longer needed my assistance. He wanted to do it by himself. That was powerful,” Murphy said.
Sherri Murphy, TSB salutes you for your tireless service to our community.
TSB is announcing its 2013 Heroes Hall of Fame inductees over the course of several days. Those announced thus far: