February Volunteer Spotlight: Team All for One: Aaliyah & Aldith

Processed with VSCO with  presetOur February 2018 Volunteer Spotlight goes to our Project Leaders, Aaliyah Shaw and Aldith Perry. Their journey began with us in March 2017 when Aaliyah was looking to get her graduation requirement for school; she wanted to exceed the expectation of 40 hours and garner 250 hour to qualify for the Silver Cord for graduation. Her mom Aldith, initially started by being only her daughter’s transportation to and from the volunteer events, then she was only an observer and eventually became a fully committed volunteer team with her daughter; Team All for One.

Initially, Aaliyah was recluse at the idea of volunteering, “I had no problem with the aspect of helping out in my community, but I’m a shy person and I was hesitant about going to different places and having to talk to people all the time,” she recalls. She soon found that it wasn’t as unnerving as she thought it to be. Aldith was along for the ride. She soon found the projects interesting and encouraged her daughter to do more.

Aaliyah and Aldith have worked on many projects including: Afterschool Recreation Program at Greater Horizons Academy, Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep with Kids Ecology Corps, Sticker & Pizza Party, Hurricane Preparedness Blowout, Electronics Recycling at ARC Broward, Back to School Community Extravaganza, Merrill Lynch Bull Run and many others. They enjoyed volunteering with us so much that they became Project Leaders.

Aldith saw it fit for both to become Project Leaders, “I wanted to be more involved and I needed to get my daughter more involved… to develop some leadership skills and be more responsible.” Since then, Aaliyah has broken out of her shell and is more open with others. They have been reliable and dependable Project Leaders; always willing to rise up and give a helping hand whenever they can.

When asked about recommending others to become Project Leaders Aaliyah and Aldith make high praise of how this role teaches great responsibility and leadership skills. They both encourage new volunteers to, “give whatever you can give and even if it is only your time; this is so enriching” Aldith mentions that, “[volunteering] helps you feel better about yourself and when you go to these events it makes you realize that there is something out there that is much bigger than yourself, there are needs out there far greater than you can imagine, and it makes me feel good to be of service to the greater community.”

They leave us with the quote:

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Written by Phillippa Paisley, Volunteer Coordinator


January Volunteer Spotlight: “Team Verde” Lisa, Bella and Christian Verde

Our January 2018 volunteer spotlight goeVerdess to to the dream-work “Team Verde” Lisa, Bella and Christian Verde. They have been volunteering with us since 2015 and are passionate fans of our monthly DIY Volunteer Projects. Lisa, mom of Bella and Christian, found out about HandsOn Broward through Christian’s school, “We were referred to the HandsOn Broward website when my son Christian joined the Honors Society in middle school. It was listed as a service hour resource in the paperwork he was given.”

So far they have constantly volunteered and are passionate about the time they give to serve. “The organization has been instrumental in allowing us to find the majority of our service hour projects. The website is the perfect comprehensive list for any type of volunteering that an individual or organization is looking for. All of the staff are great to work with,” are their words after volunteering with us for since 2015. They have volunteered at the Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep with the Kids Ecology Corps, Markham Park Butterfly Garden Project, Family Volunteer Day, Miramar Community Garden Volunteer Workday, Lakeside Sand Pine Preserve Clean Up and a number of Do-It-Yourself Projects.

Lisa shared with us how she first got involved with volunteering, “Honestly, I have been involved with community service hour projects my whole life. My elementary school regularly involved us in community clean ups in the nearby vacant lots, so I was exposed at a very young age. When my son got accepted into the Honor Society, it was a good opportunity to introduce my kids to volunteering outside of the Scouting organizations that they were already participating in.” Her kids have since followed in her foot steps and are actively passionate about service. This can be seen in their care when creating their DIY donations to help low-income families, the homeless, children with disabilities, the elderly and families in distress.

One of the best things about volunteering,Team Verde notes, is that, “It gives [us] a sense of fulfillment and allows [us] to spend some quality time [together]”

When asked why other volunteers should get involved with HandsOn Broward, Team Verde replied, “…HandsOn Broward is a respected and well known organization in the service hour community. You can feel safe dealing with their affiliate organizations.” Their advice to new volunteers is, “sometimes it is scary to drive and participate in something new. Or, it is hard to get up early on a weekend to be at a cleanup at 7am, but, if you will just try it, I think you will find the satisfaction that you receive from doing it, more than makes up for the fear you might feel. You meet a lot of new and interesting people that you would have not normally met in your usual daily activities, which to me, is priceless within itself.”

Written by Phillippa Paisley, Volunteer Coordinator