Wife, mother, Wellmark employee, and volunteer — all words that describe Melody Sutton, Interlock lead. However, if you asked the Winterset Area Soccer Club or any of the other nonprofits where she volunteers her time, they might say angel.
Since Sutton joined Wellmark five years ago, she has been able to turn her passion into dollars with the help of The Wellmark Foundation’s BluesCare GivingSM program.
Melody’s volunteer efforts have made a huge difference to her community soccer club. Soccer has been a part of Sutton’s life since she was 4 years old. After injuries sidelined her playing career at Simpson College, she turned to coaching.
She eventually had kids and settled in Winterset, and soon found she had even more passion for the sport when she started coaching my kids’ club soccer teams. She currently coaches the U-17 co-ed team. And in 2019, she joined the Winterset Area Soccer Club’s board.
“The BluesCare Giving program has had a huge impact on me, especially when I think about the opportunities to give back to my community,” she said. “Not only am I giving back with my time, but the dollars that time translates into allows me to give twice as much.”
The soccer club has been able to use Melody’s volunteer dollars to make infrastructure improvements to the field. They’ve purchased soccer nets and even built a shelter area.
In addition to coaching soccer, Melody also serves as the treasurer of the Winterset Friendship Exchange Program. The organization works with local high school students interested in an exchange trip to Japan. So far, the BluesCare Giving designations through The Wellmark Foundation have helped send five students on this trip.
No matter the organization, Melody encourages all employees to get involved and support a cause near and dear to their heart.
“Put your passion into action,” she says. “BluesCare Giving is such a unique program that allows you the opportunity to double your impact and support organizations you care deeply about.”