Unsung Hero : Christine Exner

October 25th, 2018

We are so grateful for our many volunteers! This month we are saying thank you to Christine Exner, our amazing Volunteer Coordinator. Without Christine, we could not provide services to our clients since we are 95% volunteer run. By the way, Christine’s daughter Amy Bloom was a gala sponsor last year! Looks like kindness runs in the family!

Q: How did you learn about Uncommon Threads?
A: In October 2017 I attended a Breast Cancer Awareness event being hosted by May Doherty of Chic Consignment. My daughter Amy is a breast cancer survivor and was the featured speaker. I met the magnetic Susan Kanoff, [Uncommon Threads founder] at this event and was immediately drawn to her mission. By January, I was showing up regularly to hem and alter clothing for the clients being styled, using my amateur sewing talents to good use!

Q: Uncommon Threads continues to expand its impact. How are they doing that?
A: VOLUNTEERS! In addition to sewing, I also serve as the organization’s Volunteer Coordinator. As a former IT manager, it was easy for me to help organize volunteer sign up and assignments. Apparently, I have good matchmaking talents too! The team is affectionately calling me their Yenta.

Q: How many volunteers are involved at Uncommon Threads and how can they get involved?
A: We have over 100 volunteers working in many capacities – clothing inventory management, stylists, event coordinators, fundraising, marketing. You can find a sign-up form on our website where you can indicate your interests and availability. The best thing to do is come in and see all that is going on…there is so much to do, and the enthusiasm is contagious. We all find pure joy when we are on the premises! It’s taking time, but I am working hard to reach out to everyone that has signed up. I hope to find a good match!

Q: Thank you, Christine, for all your hard work! Let’s end with a fun question. Who is your fashion inspiration?
A: Audrey Hepburn!