Staff Volunteerism Spotlight: Beau

By December 20, 2021 December 23rd, 2021 No Comments

About this Series: The Northwest Minnesota Foundation staff believes that we can all make a difference in our communities by stepping forward to becoming part of something bigger. This belief not only helps drive our day-to-day activities at work but is also apparent in our personal lives. This series highlights our staff’s commitment to community through their volunteer activities, those that occur outside of the traditional work day.

Beau is or Chief Morale Officer, or our in-house therapy dog. His person is Chris Bell, who is our Development Specialist and all of us at NMF benefit from Beau’s presence in the office most every day. He does his daily rounds each morning to greet all of us and frequently joins us for meetings.

Outside of work, Beau volunteers with Bemidji Therapy Dogs, after passing his therapy dog certification.

Making people happy is what this work is all about. Seniors fondly remember dogs they used to have, college students love on me when finals are stressing them out, and people with disabilities can relate to my unusual number of legs (only three!). Giving joy to others makes me feel good.

In this photo, he is visiting at Baker Park Senior housing just before Halloween.

Beau also volunteered recently at Bemidji State University, offering comfort to students during Finals week.