Barbara has only been volunteering with RTSF for a year now but boy do we really appreciate her time and hard work! Her consistent and enthusiastic demeanor have supported our Home Safety program operations in a big way – from phone interviews to filing and preparation for Build Days. We could not have served as many homeowners in 2012 as we did if it wasn’t for Barbara’s continuous!
There’s something about great feats of strength or significant accomplishments that put me in awe. The level of awe is directly proportioned to how much of how little I can comprehend how the incredible act was accomplished. For example I am in awe of Olympians and their incredible acts, but I am even more in awe of an artist who can turn a sheet of plain paper into a life like 3D work of art. How in the world is that possible? Another group of people I am in awe of is the small group of dedicated souls who volunteer with us year round. These Home Safety Heroes, as we like to call them, make themselves available on an ongoing basis throughout the year and are the life blood of a program that provides critical safety repairs to hundreds of people a year. I am in awe of their collective commitment and compassion for those we serve. But I am even more in awe of a particular Home Safety Hero: Mr. John Calvello.
Cibele first volunteered with RTSF in 2007 and has been hooked ever since, not missing a single build day! Cibele has volunteered on 7 project sites, including Fall Build Day, where she led a group of volunteers at Mr. S’s home. Cibele’s leadership skills, construction skills, and overall flexibility with our projects are always greatly appreciated. On Fall Build Day Cibele stepped up to the plate, lead a very successful project and we thank her for that.
Although Michele jokes that as long as there’s tasty food and cold beers on hand, she’ll be there, I know that the work we do and the impact we have is a huge motivator for her to give so much of her time. I had a chance to talk to Michele Rider, our October Volunteer of the Month, about why she volunteers and here’s what she said:
Breaking News! Randy Broman is RTSF Volunteer of the Month!
“Tid bit about Randy:
Jan Woolsey – Board Member, Community Advocate, and endless source of energy and passion!
Jan has been volunteering with Rebuilding Together San Francisco since 2002 when she signed up as a Volunteer Captain for the Union Bank team on Rebuilding Day. She was hooked immediately, and by 2006 found herself nominated to be the board of directors by our staff! Over her six years of Board service, Jan sat in all the board seats: Secretary, Treasurer, Vice- President, and President. Jan is our champion within Union Bank – recruiting volunteer teams for each Rebuilding Day since 2002 and encouraging Union Bank to become our most generous supporters of National Rebuilding Day events ($350,000 over 11 years!).
Congratulations to Nathan Dennen, our July volunteer of the month! Nathan is our Development Intern and has been with us for 6 months. Nathan grew up in Oakdale, California and has been living in San Francisco for the past 3 years. He completed his Undergraduate Degree at UC Santa Cruz and is now a graduate student studying Non-Profit Administration at University of San Francisco. Nathan has been interning closely with our Executive Director and is now considered Karen’s right hand man when applying to competitive grants.
Congratulations to Conrado Vellve, our April Volunteer of the month! As one of our exemplary Construction Captains, With at least seven successful Rebuilding Day projects under his belt, Conrado’s methods are modeled by new captains far and wide.
Conrado continues to volunteer with Rebuilding Together San Francisco because our amazing pay and benefits package: “[thank you] cards from the kids” at the many Elementary
By far, the most rewarding part of my job is the personal connections we get to make, with our volunteers as well as clients, sponsors and community partners. And oooh boy! Our volunteers really know how to have a good time – our projects, events and celebrations always have a lot of joking around, good natured teasing and general snarky-ness. Apparently this is fairly common among trades guys & gals and as one Construction Captain said it best, “to be in this field (trades), you need a sense of humor.”