HandsOn Broward Welcomes Board Member, Justin Nepola  



December 8, 2017- (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)– HandsOn Broward today announced that Justin Nepola was appointed to the organization’s board of directors.  Nepola, a founding partner at Nepola Attorneys at Law, provides legal services for real estate and estate planning clients. He has practice in Real Estate since 1997 with work in every aspect of the industry from commercial land lord tenant work to national title insurance underwriters.

“HandsOn Broward is honored to welcome to our board an individual with a spirit of service and a strong commitment to effecting positive change in our community,” said Dale Mandell, CEO of HandsOn Broward.

A long-time HandsOn Broward volunteer and community advocate, Nepola is also owner of Kaizen Beauty Academy.  Previously, he served as Vice President for AmTrust Financial Services, Account Manager for Old Republic National Title Insurance Underwriter and Property Manager for TN Property Management and Southern Management and Development.

“I am honored to be joining the HandsOn Broward Board of Directors.  From the first time I volunteered for a project I was hooked,” Nepola said.  “I love knowing that every project I work on has a lasting impact and no two projects are ever the same. Making the experience even more incredible is the fact that I can work side by side with my family.  I know of no other organization that creates so many opportunities for every member of the family, regardless of age, to get involved.”

Nepola earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Miami as well as a Juris Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California. He currently sits on multiple boards, including the Chairing Broward County Human Rights Board, Miramar Pembroke Pines Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Franklin Academy Excellence in Education Advisory Board, Charter Schools of Excellence Board of Directors and the City of Pembroke Pines Social Media Committee.

In addition to Nepola, HandsOn Broward’s Board of Directors consists of Ismael Martinez, Director of Family Success Administration in Broward County;  Dan Schevis, Community Advocate; Laura Johnson, Special Projects Coordinator of Florida Department of Children & Families; Matt Anthony, Community Advocate; Lisette Egues, Assistant Vice President of Baptist Health Outpatient Services; Arianne Glassman, President of rAv Communications; Brian Meister, President & CEO of Image360; Dawn Stagliano, Director of Government Affairs for Comcast; Noel Mauro, Vice President, Corporate Banking of City National Bank.

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 www.HandsOnBroward.org.


December Volunteer Spotlight: Antoine Bacchus


AntoineOur December 2017 volunteer spotlight goes to the avid volunteer, Antoine Bacchus. He has been volunteering with us since August 2017 and is an Urban Farming enthusiast of sorts. We first met Antoine when his sister Christina introduced us to him and his interest in volunteering. Antoine recalled, “I heard about HandsOn Broward [through] my sister when she was researching places where I could do community service”. HandsOn Broward was one of the top websites in her research results and they decided to check us out.

“My first opportunity that I attended during the summer of 2017 was kind of nerve wracking because I did not know what to expect or how the people would behave towards me,” expressed Antoine. He was shy in the beginning but after volunteering more regularly, it became natural for him to show up and exude a can-do attitude, “Now after doing several opportunities I consider myself as a semi-pro because I know what to expect when I attend an opportunity and I know the staff is more than willing to help me out if I have any questions,” said Antoine. Since August, he has been a regular volunteer at Urban Farming and Gardening at Dania Beach Patch, working on the urban farm by planting, weeding, watering, and harvesting. He proudly says that, “My favorite experience as a volunteer is at the Urban Farming and Gardening at Dania Beach Patch”.

“I enjoy volunteering because it gives me a chance to meet new people and to get out of my comfort zone,” Antoine said, “Initially what motivated me to get involved in the community [was] because I had to complete community service hours, but now I see [it as] opportunities that help other people and/or the nature.”

He has also volunteered at our Electronics Recycling at ARC Broward, Children’s Services Council Back to School Community Extravaganza Prep Day, and Miramar Community Garden Volunteer Workday.

When asked why other volunteers should get involved with HandsOn Broward, Antoine replied, “I think other volunteers should get involved with HandsOn Broward because it’s a new learning experience and when you are done you feel good about yourself that you made a difference in the community, even if it’s small.” His advice for new volunteers is to, “give the opportunities a chance with an open mind.”