November Volunteer Spotlight

lauraThis month’s Project Leader Spotlight belongs to the lovely Laura McRell. Laura has been involved with HandsOn Broward since 2010, or as she likes to say, “It’s been so long I don’t remember!”

Right from the beginning Laura knew where her interests and passions fell. “Serving the community has always been a passion of mine. After completing two terms of Americorps service, getting involved in an organization like HandsOn Broward was a natural fit,” said Laura.

Her drive for serving the community is noticed through all of Laura’s time dedicated to National Days of Service. From attending her first Martin Luther King Weekend Project Leader Training back in 2011 to leading the 911 Day of Service in 2014, Laura never misses a chance to give back to her community, especially on these nationally recognized days. She has been found leading the project, Feeding the Residents at the Broward Outreach Center, more than a handful of times. Talk about a love for volunteering!

One huge piece of advice that Laura stresses is “Find projects you are passionate about and have fun!” Whether it’s projects like the Ronald McDonald House Movies & Muffins, Broward Outreach Center or Keystone Halls, Laura can be seen with up and about and with a smile on her face.  Her next big project includes the Thanksgiving Basket Brigade at Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center.

After so many years of volunteering and leading projects, Laura decided to take it to the next step and recently led her first Project Leader Training session. “I recently facilitated Project Leader Training for the first time, and it aligns with my personal and professional goal to develop and empower others. I hope to continue in this role while I purse my Master’s Degree in Adult Education and Human Resource Development starting in January,” she stated. Laura finds the idea of volunteers empowering each other extremely important. “I realized that I could help more people by motivating and leading other volunteers,” she said.

Making a difference in the Broward County community is a goal to Laura, and she strives to accomplish that in several ways. “A Project leader makes such an impact in the community. Volunteers are responsible for an agency project from start to finish, which allows them to create change in the community one project at a time,” she said.

Laura’s favorite quote by John Quincy Adams states, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” Laura has definitely outdone herself and is truly a fantastic leader!  Laura, you are the change!

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