National Volunteer Week Spotlight: Paul & Jeanne Leighton

April 21 – 27, 2024 is National Volunteer Week! Today we’re celebrating long-time Friends of San Lucas volunteers Paul and Jeanne Leighton. Read on to learn more about Paul and Jeanne and why they volunteer to support the Mission.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Paul & Jeanne: We have lived in the southeast Twin Cities area since 1975. We have both retired from our careers in teaching (Jeanne) and financial planning (Paul). These days, the mantra that guides our thoughts and actions is, “age with vitality” or how to nourish mind, body and spirit.  There are lots of opportunities to do so in each of these areas — healthy habits, healthy relationships and, of course, as much time with our nine grandkids as possible!

How did you initially get connected to San Lucas?

Paul & Jeanne: Our love affair with the Mission in San Lucas began with group visits through our parish, St. John Neumann in Eagan, MN. Beginning around 2008, we were part of a number of trips, led by Terri Wong and Arch Mrkvicka. We quickly became totally enamored with the people, the area, and the Mission. We have made trips over the years, both together and separately, each special in different ways.

In what capacity do you volunteer with Friends of San Lucas?

Paul & Jeanne: Our involvement over the years has included serving on the FOSL Board of Directors and various committees, assisting with fundraising events, leading visiting groups, and helping with administrative tasks.

What motivated you to become a volunteer with FOSL?

Paul & Jeanne: First, generally, we have an interest in promoting social justice. We are motivated to support organizations that work to empower people who have unjustly faced obstacles. The decision to become involved with the work of Friends of San Lucas, specifically, was borne out of a combination of that interest in social justice and a love and admiration for the people of San Lucas. To be part of this work, even in small ways, is fulfilling. It is important to us to support organizations we believe in with our time, not just financially.

Why is the Mission’s work important to you?

Paul & Jeanne: Because of our visits over the years, we have become friends with the people of San Lucas. As friends, we see their struggles as our struggles. We continue to see the generational, life-changing effects that the Mission’s programs have — interrupting “the process of poverty.” The Mission’s work, then, is addressing our mutual struggles.

Thank you, Paul and Jeanne, for the time you devote to supporting the Mission’s work towards a more just world.

To learn how you can get involved, click here.

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