This 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 experience 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.
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
LAUDERHILL, FL (June 5, 2012) – With the hurricane season upon us, many local nonprofit organizations are ramping up efforts to increase awareness of community resources that help Broward residents prepare for and respond to a disaster.
The local volunteer mobilization center HandsOn Broward has administered Disaster Response Team trainings for the past twelve years. The trainings provide participants with information about the organization’s role with the county in the event of an emergency and demonstrate how volunteers can assist in that effort. HandsOn Broward is recognized as a leader in Florida’s Emergency Support Function 15, handling volunteers and donations in the aftermath of a natural or manmade disaster.
“Managing unaffiliated, spontaneous volunteers to meet the needs of organizations and individuals impacted by an emergency is critical for response and recovery,” said Dale Hirsch, President and CEO of HandsOn Broward. “Our trainings equip volunteers with the knowledge and tools necessary to respond to community needs in the event of a disaster.”
HandsOn Broward will host several Disaster Response Team trainings in the coming months, as well as a mock Volunteer Reception Center drill on June 30th. Individuals who are interested in participating should contact Sander Schrantz, Director of Emergency Management, at 954-233-1291.
About HandsOn Broward: HandsOn Broward inspires, equips and mobilizes people to take action to positively affect change in Broward County. To learn more about HandsOn Broward’s upcoming service opportunities or to schedule a volunteer orientation at your organization or place of business, please call 954.233.1300 or visit us online at http://www.HandsOnBroward.org