Chris Hampton, Volunteer
During the 2020 Volunteer Appreciation Week, we want to highlight Chris Hampton! He has been supporting the work of Komen Dallas County since 2014. In our interview, he talks about his deep connection to the cause and inspires others to find their own deep connection to causes where they want to volunteer.
When and why did you start volunteering with Komen Dallas County?
The cause is quite personal, as breast cancer has affected my family in a big way. Our family has a long list of women that have either experienced it or tragically died, most notably my mother Sandy. We lost Mom in June 2002 at the very young age of 62. My involvement with Komen is a labor of love for Mom and all the other women on her side of the family. I joined the Komen Dallas County Board in 2014 to 2015 and have been on the Race Committee since 2015.
What drew you to Volunteer Operations for the Races? Did you volunteer in any other capacities before that?
My first year on the Race Committee was the October 2015 Race. Back then I was the chair for the course logistics. It was a lot of fun being out on the course during the event and working with the Dallas Police and supporting vendors to get the course set up and then taken down. Three years ago our Executive Director asked me to take over Volunteer Operations. I enjoy working with the Dallas team in getting our volunteers out on to the course and venue every year. It’s a huge job as on Race day our team has to get over 800 volunteers out on the venue and the course by 7:30am.
Tell us about a great memory you have from volunteering with Komen DCA?
It’s all about the people! I love working with the Dallas affiliate team, the board and the other volunteers. I have worked in volunteer operations with the same team for the last three years (and counting), despite the fact that Race day is incredibly energetic the Volunteer Ops team manages to have a lot of fun. There are too many great movements in the trenches with the team to isolate one moment as a favorite. Although, the post Race meeting at Bar Louie is always a great time to celebrate with the team!
We live in such a busy world and sometimes volunteer work is the first activity people sacrifice. All levels of contribution helps so many people in need though. What piece of advice would you give to someone who is struggling with their volunteer commitment with any organization? What keeps you going?
Focus on the causes where you have the most passion and connection. When you do that you’ll find it pretty easy to find a balance between your regular day-to-day world and giving back. For me, I have a deep family connection so I make sure my calendar is blocked off months in advance. My coworkers all know and appreciate my passion. Everyone knows that the last weekend in October is Race Weekend for Chris and don’t even bother trying to reach him.