Meet Kayte: an OS client giving back to her community in countless ways!

Kayte

Meet Kayte, a 41-year-old Opportunity Services client from Woodbury, Minnesota. Kayte currently works independently at Lifeway, a Christian Bookstore and spends a few days a week at the Opportunity Services site, spending time with friends and participating in volunteer outings. Kayte joined Opportunity Services in 1995 where she worked alongside her peers on a work team in the community. Once she was comfortable with the idea of working on her own and gained the needed work skills, Kayte found a job opportunity at the YMCA.

In November 2014, Kayte started to work at Lifeway as a seasonal employee. She enjoyed assisting customers, running the cash register, setting up the greeting cards and getting to know her co-workers. She was thrilled when she was called back in May for a permanent part-time position. “I’m a social butterfly and love helping customers when they come into the store,” says Kayte. “It’s fun to get to know customers who regularly shop at Lifeway and I enjoy making friendships with my co-workers.”

Kayte is an active volunteer in the Woodbury community. She started her own Special Olympics Team in Woodbury called the Woodbury Blazing Stars 20 years ago. She still competes with this team today, playing poly hockey and softball. Last year her poly hockey team won a gold medal! Kayte is also a member of the Special Olympics Athletic Leadership Program where she is trained to give speeches on behalf of Special Olympics, lead teams, coach others and more. Kayte went to Amsterdam as part of the Special Olympics Global Athlete Congress and has served on the Minnesota Special Olympics Board of Directors for 6 years. Kayte recently found out that a mental health program she started with Special Olympics is now going global, and will be utilized throughout the world!

Kayte is also responsible for coordinating the Polar Plunge in Woodbury. She recruits participants, contacts businesses to sponsor the event and more. 2016 will be her second year running the event. Last year the Polar Plunge had over 600 people in attendance! In addition, Kayte also volunteers at her church and local food shelf. In 2011, she received the Above and Beyond Award for her outstanding service to the Woodbury Days Council. She loves volunteering and giving back so much, that you couldn’t name a place in Woodbury that she hasn’t volunteered at!

Cindy Polzin, Opportunity Services Site Supervisor in Woodbury is grateful to have Kayte involved in the program. “Everyone greatly enjoys Kayte’s presence at Opportunity Services,” remarks Cindy. “She likes to help plan activities and researches new volunteer opportunities for the entire site to participate in.” Kayte sees herself at Lifeway and Opportunity Services for many years to come. “I love the environment at both Lifeway and Opportunity Services,” says Kayte. “It’s been my dream to work in customer service.” All of us at Opportunity Services are grateful to have Kayte as a client. A humble volunteer, Kayte gives back to her community in countless ways.