How long have you been volunteering with WTAP?
I started volunteering with WTAP about 8 years ago with my boys through an organization called Boys Team Charity. Now I volunteer with my daughters with National Charity League (NCL) and I also work as a liaison between NCL and WTAP to help schedule volunteers for events.
Tell me about some of the people you’ve met while working with WTAP?
The volunteers we have worked with have been positive, hard working and people who want to make a difference for these families that are new to the US. All the families my family and I have met have been wonderful people. They are so kind and grateful to be in the United States, even with the little amount they have. They have always been so thankful for everything we have brought to them.
Why do you choose to donate your time to WTAP?
It’s such a worthwhile cause, that really makes you stop and realize how lucky we are to live in this country. We tend to take our safety and freedom for granted and working with the refugee families really puts it all in perspective.
Describe an experience you had while volunteering that made you realize you were making a difference.
My daughters and I were making deliveries on a Saturday. We met a family comprised of a mother, grandmother and a few children, with one of the daughters being severely handicapped. This mother had experienced so much adversity, but was so grateful to be in a safe place with her family. She hugged us all and gave many thanks, although I felt we should be thanking her, as she reminded us of a valuable lesson. It was a great example that happiness comes from within and is not something you can buy.
What do you do when you aren’t volunteering?
I work part-time for Southwest Human Development, Arizona’s largest nonprofit dedicated to early childhood development. I work in their development department raising money for different events to benefit our many programs. I also love to spend time with my family, exercise and read.
What secret powers or talents do you have?
The ability to turn a negative situation into a positive one.