1

Joanne Joyce Gonzalez – Neighbor of the Week

Joanne Joyce Gonzalez, Mimi to my grandkids – Charlottesville

Tell us about your volunteer activities.
I am a volunteer at Twice Is Nice, the nonprofit Upscale Resale Boutique that benefits Mountainside Senior Living.  I spend several hours a week in the Gallery section of the store, where I use my skill as an interior designer to display the artwork, furniture and, accessories.  I also do window treatments.  It is a labor of love for me, and together with the dedicated staff and other volunteers, we have created a lovely place to shop or just visit.

What inspires you to volunteer? 
I am inspired to volunteer because it is a way to give back and it is what is expected when you live in Charlottesville.  How wonderful it is to live in a place that really cares about its citizens.

If your volunteer work could make one long-lasting change, what would you want it to be?
My volunteer work is already making a long lasting change.  The profits from Twice Is Nice benefit Mountainside Senior Living, an affordable assisted living facility in Crozet.

What is a little-known fact about you?
I have been practicing Iyengar yoga for several years, which I believe is the fountain of youth.

What brought you to Charlottesville/Albemarle County?
My husband and I moved to Charlottesville because it has everything we were looking for in our “later years” and it is an easy trip to DC to visit the grandkids.