I truly believe we all have something to offer the world and you’re doing yourself and others a disservice if you don’t share it.
Lee Ulinskas of Terryville, CT was first inspired to begin volunteering just a few years ago after the birth of her daughter Hannah. Shortly after being born, Hannah was diagnosed with Down Syndrome and a congenital heart defect. Initially feeling very alone, Lee and her husband found comfort and support from their family and friends who helped out in any way they could, including through a fundraiser that was created to help cover medical expenses. Since then, volunteering has become a way for Lee to carry on the generosity her family received by paying it forward.
Lee works as Vice President of Connecticut Partnership for Children, an organization that supports low-income children throughout Connecticut, She organizes a wide range of programs and community outreach events at work including four major blood drives for the American Red Cross. Her volunteer work in this area led to her selection by American Red Cross to be honored with the Cabot Community Celebrity Cruise.
“I’m fortunate to have opportunities for volunteer service at work and in my personal life,” says Lee. “At work I have the pleasure of organizing wellness and employee engagement events and coordinating our community outreach efforts. In the two years since I’ve been in this role, we’ve held a number of drives collecting blood, school supplies, food and donations for those in need. Outside of work, I’m the co-chair of the Plymouth Early Childhood Council (PECC). I’m also a children’s yoga instructor and occasionally teach free classes at local libraries or Boys & Girls Clubs. Sometimes volunteering feels like thankless work but then one interaction, like an emotional conversation with a parent or a child holding a yoga pose and beaming with pride, will remind me that appreciation comes in many forms.”
The mission of the Plymouth Early Childhood Council is to ensure that all Plymouth children birth through eight are healthy, safe and successful. The Early Childhood Council is a collaborative table of various community representatives who recognize the value of supporting and growing the early childhood education and care agenda in Plymouth.
The Connecticut Partnership for Children (CTPFC) is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting low-income children throughout Connecticut, by working with their families and the communities in which they live. CTPFC recognizes that in order to help the child, you must also help the family achieve financial security. We offer resources and referral services to assist low-income families in bettering their economic situation.
“This journey as Hannah’s mother has completely changed my perspective on what’s important in life and put me on a path to help others,” says Lee. “I may not be able to change the world, but I can at least change someone’s world. There’s an undeniable sense of pride, joy, and responsibility when you connect with your community and positively impact someone’s life.”
Lee will be accompanied by her friend Jill Mahoney. While Lee enjoys all types of Cabot Cheddar, her favorite Cabot cheese is Monterey Jack.