Volunteer Spotlight: Annie Gunkel

Annie Gunkel
Annie Gunkel, Hope Blooms volunteer

We are so grateful to have a wonderful group of volunteers to help us tend to our community, and we’re happy to introduce you to: Annie Gunkel

Volunteering with Hope Blooms since: 2019

Why do you choose to volunteer with Hope Blooms?
I think it’s important to give back to the community, and I thought this was a great way to get involved.

Why is giving back in your community important to you?
Kindness is contagious and everyone needs it!

In what ways do you see Hope Blooms bringing value to our community?
By spreading joy and love, making people smile and brightening their day with beauty and a meaningful message.

What’s your favorite way to spread joy?
Being silly and making people laugh.

How does the mission of Hope Blooms align with your own personal values?
I worry a lot about mental health and Hope Blooms tells every recipient they matter.

Name one of the most joyful moments in your life.
My two boys bring me joy every day.

What’s your favorite flower and why?
Lilacs! Because they’re purple, smell great, and bloom right around my birthday.

When you’re not spreading joy with Hope Blooms, how do you spend your time? Working at Stoneridge Software, and being a mom to my boys, which currently involves playing a lot of Mario!

Share a little about your family.
I’m surrounded by boys. We have a lot of fun, make a lot of messes and so far only broke one bone.