Volunteer Spotlight – Wendy Black

Volunteer Spotlight – Wendy Black


Meet Wendy, a dedicated volunteer who joined the Vivalon team in January 2024, where she warmly welcomes clients to the Brown Bag Pantry. With a passion for connecting with people, Wendy quickly became familiar with many clients by name, creating a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. 


After selling her laundromat business in Sausalito at the end of 2023, Wendy was eager to incorporate volunteer work into her schedule. In addition to her role at Vivalon, she generously gives her time to the Hodgepodge Thrift Store in San Rafael and to the YMCA. 


When she’s not brightening the days of those she serves, Wendy finds joy in her marriage and her hobbies, which include reading, cooking, and hiking in the beautiful landscapes of West Marin. 


What do you enjoy most about volunteering/working at Vivalon?

Interaction with people


Who is your hero?

Ralph Nadar


How long have you been working/volunteering at Vivalon?

Three Months


What brought you to Vivalon?

After I sold my business, I had more time on my schedule.


What did you do prior to volunteering/working at Vivalon?

I was a small business owner and volunteered.


What was your favorite movie as a child?

The Sound of Music


What is your favorite family vacation?

New Braunfels, Texas – river tubing on the Guadalupe River


What makes you unique?

I am balanced, love to be with people and enjoy time alone too.


What are some random fun facts about you?

I traveled extensively in my 20’s throughout India and Asia and lived in Indonesia for a period of time.


What is something you want to learn or wish you were better at?

Crocheting and knitting.


What is your favorite place on earth?

West Marin


Who is the special person in your life?

My husband, brother, mom, and friend Rachael


Who is your favorite celebrity?

I loved Dolly Parton as a kid, she is gentle and larger than life.


Welcome to the team, Wendy!



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