Meet December “Do The Right Thing” Winner: Michele Appel
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — A Chattanooga woman has only been volunteering for a year, but she’s already making a big positive impact.
Michele Appel is using her love for jewelry to make a difference for the non-profit, Northside Neighborhood House.
That’s why Michele is this month’s Do the Right Thing winner.
“I’m overwhelmed,” Appel said. “Thank you so much. I love being here. It’s wonderful.”
Appel is known by her fellow Northside Neighborhood House volunteers as the jewelry queen.
“It’s her personality,” said Chris Topel, Northside Neighborhood House. “It’s her energy that she brings. She’s just awesome. I mean, she really is, and she knows so much about jewelry.”
Michele’s dad owned a jewelry business for 30 years, so it became her passion.
Now she’s using that passion to help the non-profit organization.
“Being a jewelry processor and pricer was one volunteer opportunity here, and I was like, ‘It’s made for me.’ So yeah, I love it. It’s a lot of fun,” Appel said.
And Northside Neighborhood House is grateful for Michele’s work at its thrift stores – sorting through donated jewelry and pricing it.
She helped the non-profit make more than $25,000 in jewelry sales alone in just 10-and-a-half months.
“Every dollar that we take goes back into our organization to help support our after school programs, our GED programs, our adult education programs, things like that,” Topel said.
While she loves working with jewelry, Michele tells News 12 what she enjoys most about volunteering is the people.
“The generous people that donate jewelry, clothing, shoes purses, everything here,” Appel said. “And what this agency has done for 92 years is pretty amazing.”
And she wants to continue to build on that progress, one piece of jewelry at a time.