Blue Portal Volunteer Spotlight, Sally Ruscitti
Sally is a very treasured volunteer with the Assistance League. Volunteers look up to Sally as a valued member. She volunteers cheerfully and expertly at the Blue Portal. Her first introduction to Blue Portal was as a customer. She is a native Albuquerquean and has always treasured Old Town with its’ eclectic shops and historic buildings. Sally didn’t know what the totally unique history of Blue Portal was. Once she retired and joined Assistance League, she went to Blue Portal to work the front desk – and was hooked. Customers from around the world marveling at the talent and variety of artisan work housed within. Further, the opportunity to share the stories of senior artists and their pride of workmanship is priceless. Our clients are truly touched that the artists receive 100% of the price and that all of the staff are volunteers. Each week on Monday’s we have artist intake from 10 to 1 and what fun that is. We never know who is coming or what they are bringing. The array is amazing and such a busy day. Behind the scenes we are getting all of these items into a computerized inventory (an average weekly number of pieces is about 750 individual items); tagging each of the items so they are ready for display and finally moving the new inventory to one of our five rooms. Almost all inventory is put out each week so Tuesdays finds our “regulars” coming in if at all possible. To work with a philanthropic project that brings social outlets, creativity and purpose to artist and volunteer alike, is an honor.