Dave Osmer - Wellspring's 2016 Distinguished Service Award Recipient

Imagine this: You’re in the midst of a rewarding, satisfying career at The Boeing Company. You enjoy coming to work, and yet you come to realize your life is more than a job. And so you choose to volunteer with a non-profit organization you believe in. You get involved and right away you love the growing, personal satisfaction of giving back. Years go by, and as you look back you realize your decision to volunteer has helped changed your life for good.

Just ask Dave Osmer, recipient of Wellspring's 2016 Distinguished Service award.

“In 1987, while working at Boeing, I volunteered as a loaned executive with King County United Way and met Ruthann Howell, a presenter during our week-long training. Three years later, I started a new job with Boeing Community Relations, which meant I could choose to serve on a non-profit board of my choice. That earlier experience with Ruthann meant my choice to volunteer on the board of King County Family Services (today, Wellspring), was a no-brainer.”

Dave had earlier been impressed with one of the organization’s counseling services, Facing Aging Together, which had helped his own mother deal with memory issues in her final stages. And, as a young father, Dave had strong appreciation for Wellspring’s early child development program (then called Morningsong).  

Wellspring’s effectiveness in the lives of clients who deserve a fresh start in life motivated Dave to gladly volunteer in new ways. In the mid-‘90s, he teamed with Steve Leahy to co-chair Wellspring’s first annual downtown luncheon, which raised about $40,000. The event has grown in size and significance ever since. This year, the luncheon attracted 800 donors and friends and raised more than $500,000!  

Just as over 25 years of generous service to Wellspring have shaped Dave’s life, so too has he reached out and invited others to experience the gift of volunteerism that keeps on giving.  

After serving two three-year terms on Wellspring’s board, Dave recommended another Boeing manager, Sherry Nebel, succeed him. Sherry, who today is Wellspring’s executive stewardship officer, transitioned off the board after six years of robust volunteer service, recruiting her successor, fellow Boeing manager Russ Young.

Dave continues to serve Wellspring today. Along with Russ Young, supported by Sherry Nebel and the rest of Wellspring’s development team, he is co-chairing the organization’s “1892 Legacy Circle” giving campaign.

Dave sums up volunteer service well: “To volunteer with Wellspring is tremendously satisfying. My return on investment of working alongside wonderful people to further the organization’s mission has been incredibly personally rewarding.”