Volunteer Spotlight: Sylvia Kloster

Sylvia Kloster
Volunteer and board member, Sylvia Kloster

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: Sylvia Kloster

Volunteering with Hope Blooms since: 2017

Why do you choose to volunteer with Hope Blooms?

I fell in love with the mission of Hope Blooms from the moment I first learned of the organization and its founder Kelly Krenzel. It is such a lovely and joyful concept of engaging donors and volunteers to help deliver small little bouquets of flowers that symbolize expressions of love and care to individuals throughout our community who might be experiencing difficult times.

 What’s your favorite flower and why?

The pansy is my absolute favorite because it is such a colorful, individualistic, happy and special flower. There is also wonderful folklore and symbolism associated with the pansy flower. For example, in Victorian times pansies were sometimes given as a secret expression of love or admiration of one person for another.

Why is giving back in your community important to you?

The significance of giving back to my community is incredibly important to me, and it honestly just feels so good. Giving back is one of the most important and valuable things a person can do in life. Community service involvement teaches people of all ages and backgrounds compassion and understanding — the collective efforts of volunteers strengthens our society by bringing people together. I truly believe that kindness is contagious!

What’s your favorite way to spread joy?

Doing something nice for someone when they least expect it. I also love to joke around and try to make people smile.

Name one of the most joyful moments in your life.

The birth of my sons: Jordan and Alexander.

What’s a hidden talent or something no one would ever guess about you?

That I can actually be a pretty good cook when I put my mind to it. I grew up on a farm and preferred to spend the bulk of my time outdoors — so the last place I wanted to be was in the kitchen, much to my mother’s dismay. After I started my family, I figured I had better acquaint myself with Betty Crocker and learn a few things about food preparation, and over time I slowly but surely started to get a few recipes under my belt.

What’s your favorite quote?

“A person who sows seeds of kindness, enjoys a perpetual harvest.” — Anonymous

When you’re not spreading joy with Hope Blooms, how do you spend your time?

I do a bit of legal work and consulting from time to time and also care for my elderly mother. I tend to be an avid reader and philosopher. I cherish spending time at our family lake cabin, hanging out with friends and traveling every chance I get.