In the Furry Friends world, Malinda Goldbeck is known by most every volunteer. Why? She’s the name in your email inbox sending you everything you need to know about your Halfway House shift. Not to mention she is probably the one who assigned your volunteer shift! Furry Friends is very lucky to have Malinda as its Volunteer Coordinator these past three years. She first became involved with Furry Friends five over years ago thanks to her daughter, another one of our staunch volunteers. She began as a socializer, helping coax kitties out of their shells so that they could shine in front of potential adopters. Thanks to socializers like Malinda, cats who would have otherwise kept huddled in the corners of cages or hissed at passerby from the highest shelf have revealed themselves to be fuzzy love-buds and found their furever homes. That is the whole reason Malinda puts in 80 to 90 volunteer hours a month: Her proudest moment is always seeing the kitties find their forever homes.
Outside of Furry Friends Malinda loves sewing, genealogy, gardening, and home decorating. She was able to put her needle skills to work this past Christmas to help out in the face of the pandemic’s challenges. “I have made over 200 masks and made 58 reusable gift bags for the Meals on Wheels program”, Malinda explains. She also volunteers with Repair Clark County at Columbia Springs and serves as both an officer and Board Member of the Fort Vancouver Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Malinda is a remarkable woman who is making her entire community, may it be people or pets. She is an incredibly important part of Furry Friends and we’re incredibly privileged to have her donate the time she has. Thank you Malinda: you are fantastic!
We would like to thank Tina Starks for writing this interview. Tina has been a volunteer with Furry Friends since 2013. She has worked a shift at the Halfway House at least once a week for all these years, she helps at the assorted Furry Friends events, she has participated in our pet therapy program and has written many volunteer spotlights for Furry Friends. This bright young lady has a passion for helping animals and people and we are so proud to have her on the Furry Friends team.