July Volunteer Spotlight: Stephanie Posada

ImageThis month’s Volunteer Spotlight belongs to Stephanie Posada (pictured left, with fellow HOB volunteer Blanca Camacho).  Stephanie did something pretty cool – she created her own volunteer project!  After volunteering at Broward Outreach Center feeding the homeless, she wanted to get some friends together for an afternoon of making sandwiches to donate to the Center.

Stephanie first heard of HandsOn Broward doing some online research for volunteer opportunities.  “Once at orientation, I quickly realized this is an amazing organization to be a part of!”

Her first project was volunteering at BOC.  “I absolutely loved helping out at the Broward Outreach Center. I was able to help get food prepared, and then serve the food to everyone staying at the Center. There are so many people less fortunate than I, and I love being able to help them in any way I can. It’s a blessing to be able to put a smile on someone else’s face, and know that because of my help, they aren’t hungry today!”

This Imageexperience motivated Stephanie to take the initiative and create her own sandwich-making project.  Because the volunteer spots on BOC projects are filled up so quickly, she wanted to see if there was something else she (and some friends and family) could do to help.   She reached out to HOB and scheduled a date to drop off the sandwiches.  “The sandwiches are a staple at the Center, as they are easy for the guests to grab and take with them. I also added a personal touch, by putting inspirational/motivational messages on the sandwiches, to let each and every person know that they are special, and are able to do ANYTHING they put their mind to.”

Stephanie will be scheduling her next sandwich-making project soon.  We love that Stephanie took that extra step of doing her own project – and that she added the notes to the sandwiches, like the one you see here.  Thanks so much for the support you’ve shown the community, Stephanie!!  It is very much appreciated.

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June Volunteer Spotlight: Cecile Nolan

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Q: How did you hear about HandsOn Broward?
A: I heard about HandsOn Broward through surfing the web

Q: How has volunteering impacted your personal/professional goals?

A: I’ve meet so many people who have encouraged me to continue in my schooling to reach my career goals. It’s made me realize one can have so much fun and share in happiness by helping others.

Q: What volunteering projects have you worked on in the past? What projects are you currently working on?
A: I’ve been a Candy Striper at Plantation Hospital, I do Terracycle at my school recycling trash, helped out in the HandsOn Broward Office, Arthritis Walk, Aids Walk and I’m currently loving the volunteer experience at Feeding South Florida.

Q: Any advice for new volunteers?
A: Through volunteering you get to learn the world around you. Your network becomes bigger and you meet people willing to help you reach your life long dream. Volunteer with a happy mind not because you need the hours but because it’s a good thing and in so doing you make your heart smile.

Q: Any quotes that sum up your overall experience?
A: “I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” -Albert Schweitzer