Getting to Know Lynn Hall
“A love of winter and summer activities is shared by all my family. During the winter, we love skiing at Boyne Mountain. When summer arrives, we enjoy activities on the Boyne River and Lake Charlevoix.
When I retired from the public school system after 40 years of teaching, I became interested in learning more about Challenge Mountain and the services offered to students and adults living with disabilities.
In December 2017, I attended a volunteer meeting and realized that this retirement opportunity was exactly what I needed: a program where children, teaching and skiing were combined. I had found a volunteer opportunity that I could embrace, though had no idea how much I would be personally impacted by the experience. Seeing firsthand the excitement of students downhill and cross country skiing, sit-skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and sledding was amazing. As volunteers walked out the door in the afternoon, they all happily proclaimed, “Everyday at Challenge Mountain is a day of sharing smiles and incredible stories.”
After working at the ski hill the first winter and then helping with Spirit Day Camp, kayaking and biking, I dropped off some donations at the Resale Store. The friendly response from the staff showed me that this was the place that makes programs possible. Soon, I began volunteering at the Resale Store. Hazel Harmeling, who has volunteered for more than 20 years, was my mentor and now dear friend. I have met a beautiful group of people who give endless hours of their time.
Whether working with learning disabled students and adults in the recreational setting or spending quality time volunteering in the Resale Store, volunteers help to make Challenge Mountain a reality. I love my volunteer experiences, and I believe that all those involved in this amazing organization truly make a difference in the lives of so many. The participants in all of the programs offered at Challenge Mountain are enriched, but so are the lives of the volunteers”
– Lynn Hall
Challenge Mountain is a non-profit 501c3 organization.