Volunteer Profile: Rick Liebling

From the first moment he started volunteering at Hill Center, Rick Liebling wasn’t afraid to jump in and help where it was needed. Rick is known around Hill Center for popping bottles of Prosecco at our holiday concerts, cracking jokes, and always wearing a smile.

Rick has now been volunteering for about a year, particularly at our indoor and outdoor concerts. Like many of our volunteers, he reminds us that he lives close by and is willing to help us in a bind.

While our usual springtime concerts are on hold, we wanted to ask Rick a few questions about his hobbies, volunteering at Hill Center and more.

Why did you decide to volunteer at Hill Center?
We live near Hill Center and had attended various programs through the previous year. This gave us a good appreciation of what the Center provides.

As I am retired, I was looking for places to give my time, and at the same time be rewarding experiences. I attended the open house [Volunteer Capitol Hill] and decided to attend a volunteer workshop. Now, I have been a volunteer for just over a year!

Can you describe a particularly memorable moment or event at Hill Center?
There have been several memorable moments for me, but in general, I particularly have enjoyed the various concerts.

Do you have a hidden talent that others might not know about?
None really, but I am getting good at bar tending!

How are you keeping busy right now?
I am a history buff, especially colonial through the Civil War period. So, I am taking walks with my dog Kodiak through the Capitol Hill neighborhood and noting all the truly “old” homes. I am making my own tour map of these locations while practicing social distancing!

What are you most looking forward to when things return to normal?
So many things that we take for granted- eating at restaurants, going to museums, the Mall, theater and so forth.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Looking forward to a return to volunteering and activities at Hill Center.

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