Volunteer of the Month

December 2019 ~ Geena Sondy

Congrats to Geena Sondy on being chosen as ALIVE Rescue’s December Volunteer of the Month!!!! We truly appreciate all of Geena’s help with everything at the Adoption Center, with the website, and everything else she steps up to do. 🙂 We love having Geena as part of the ALIVE Rescue fam!

A few words from Geena: Volunteering at ALIVE means the world to me. I love being able to spend my time helping animals and with other compassionate people. Since I started volunteering at The Little Barn, it’s been amazing to see the positive impact that ALIVE has on our community and I’m so honored to be a part of it.






November 2019 ~ Alexis Steinard

Congratulations to Alexis Steinard on being chosen as ALIVE Rescue’s November Volunteer of the Month. In the short time Alexis has been active with ALIVE Rescue she has shown how invaluable she is. We truly appreciate all the hard work she has been putting in and are happy to have Alexis as part of the team.

A note from Alexis: I have always loved animals growing up and everywhere we went I wanted all of the available animals, especially the ones that that seemed to have their challenges. So when I moved to Chicago and read about ALIVE’s mission I knew this would be the perfect place for me! I love helping animals and I think they help us just as much as we can help them with all the unconditional love they have to give. I can’t wait to continue volunteering and see what next year brings!!










October 2019 ~ Stephanie Thomas

Congratulations to Stephanie Thomas on being chosen as ALIVE Rescue’s October Volunteer of the Month! We are so lucky to have Stephanie on the team. The time she spends helping with all the medical needs is invaluable to us and we truly appreciate everything she does for the animals of ALIVE Rescue! Thank you, Stephanie!









May 2019 ~ Julio Torres

Congratulations to Julio Torres on being chosen as ALIVE Rescue’s May 2019 Volunteer of the Month! Whenever we post a plea for help, Julio steps up—always with a smile on his face—and we truly appreciate it!

A note from Julio: We moved to Chicago almost two years ago from Houston after our town was hit by Hurricane Harvey, back there I was a hands-on volunteer for a small rescue, and I wanted to continue the hard work that so many souls put in this project to save lives! I’m so grateful to ALIVE Rescue as they are giving me a new purpose in life!








April 2019 ~ Kathy Tallering

Congratulations to Kim Tallering on being chosen as ALIVE Rescue’s April Volunteer of the Month! What would we do without Kim? She has been such an asset to the ALIVE Rescue team and we consider ourselves lucky to have her as part of our little family. Between vet visits, transporting, Associate Board, planning events, etc. Kim definitely stays busy.

A note from Kathy: It is both an honor and a pleasure to be an ALIVE rescue Associate Board member and volunteer. I love transporting dogs, cats, and bunnies to vet appointments and getting to know them a little better, but my favorite thing to do is to transport animals to home visits or on the day of their adoption. If I can even be a tiny part of one of our rescue’s journeys to their forever homes I know it’s a good day!!








February 2019 ~ Kim Knode

Congrats to Kim Knode on being chosen as ALIVE Rescue’s February 2019 Volunteer of the Month. We so appreciate all the help Kim lends when we put out a plea for help. Whether it be helping at The Little Barn, transporting dogs to the vet, driving out to Spay Illinois, joining the Associate Board, and everything else in between, she is always there to step up. Thank you, Kim, for all your help with all things ALIVE Rescue!!

A note from Kim: I love volunteering at the barn. I have learned so much since starting volunteering a year ago and learn more every shift. Our residents go without saying are so special, but all of the leaders and volunteer friendships I have made are the icing on the cake! Thank you ALIVE for all you do!! Can’t wait to do more and make the Big Barn a go live! Love road trips, drives by the lake, long drives to Big Barn and trips home from vets are all special.








January 2019 ~ Jaclyn Moriarty

Congrats to Jaclyn Moriarty on being chosen as our January 2019 Volunteer of the Month!!! We truly appreciate all the work Jaclyn puts into the volunteer team. She keeps everything so organized, stays on top of all the volunteer requests, reminds us when we are forgetting something, keeps all the data up to date, and helps run the volunteer side of things so smoothly.  Thank you, Jaclyn, for being a part of the team!

A note from Jaclyn: While I don’t often make it to ALIVE’s Little Barn to walk pups and play with kittens, I’m thrilled to contribute remotely as a volunteer coordinator. I love welcoming new volunteers and setting them up for orientation to become new members of the ALIVE family. It’s truly an honor to volunteer for such an amazing rescue.