For some people a compassionate heart and the desire to help others is simply part of who they are. This can be said for Sue Alderman, a SEFCU employee for 25 years, who remembers being the first to volunteer in her elementary school classroom to help collect papers, line classmates up for lunch, or even sweep the floor.
Sue was raised to believe that everyone is important and that a simple smile, hug, or word of encouragement can make a real difference in someone’s life, and she is never short on smiles or a listening ear. But beyond the kindness that Sue shows those around her every day, she also is a dedicated volunteer to a number of organizations, participating in fundraising walks to benefit Hospice, Autism Society, and the AIDS Council (now the Alliance for Positive Health).
Seeing a need to support patients and families of patients battling chronic illnesses, Sue started a healing support group that meets monthly and provides encouragement and education and empowers patients to make smart choices and take charge of their life and their health.
In addition to the support group, Sue is an active volunteer at the Gilead Lutheran Church, giving her time to the food pantry, as a youth group leader, and spending time with members of the church family who need encouragement. Sue has volunteered for the St. Anne’s holiday celebration for the past 15 years and is passing the tradition on to her son who has been looking forward to the events each year for more than a decade. She is also a volunteer for SEFCU’s Road to Recovery program that provides transportation to and from treatments for cancer patients and enjoys her time in the car connecting with people going through a difficult time in their lives.