When did you first get involved with CCFI?
I first got involved with the agency in January of 2012. I started in Neighborhood Centers, where I helped run the programs and planned activities. Later, when the program transitioned into Boys & Girls Club, I helped run the database and on-board new members and volunteers.
Why were you moved to join CCFI as a volunteer?
I first developed a passion for helping others when I was working as a therapist in Venezuela in the 1990s. I’ve had many years of experience with personal mentorship, was involved with my church and participated in various community events. I also loved that I could help with families who were impacted by a language barrier.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering?
I love connecting with new people each and every day. I believe that volunteering helps broaden your view and gain a new perspective on other’s lives. It’s a win-win for everyone!
What do you feel is the biggest impact CCFI has made on the community?
CCFI has brought opportunities and connections to so many community members and has helped establish a system of safe and caring adults for our Club members and clients. Our program staff serve as positive adult role models, when that might be lacking at home, and help bring a sense of hope for the clients’ futures.
What would you like to say to encourage others to volunteer at CCFI?
It’s not about having the time to volunteer… it’s about making the time! It’s easy to give money, but to actually get involved and spend your time, even just once a month, is something special. There is such an overwhelming feeling to actually meet those you are supporting! I feel like it makes a huge impact and can help you see the bigger picture. Because it truly is bigger than you, it’s bigger than just money… and when you’re able to see first-hand, you’ll get it.