Volunteer Spotlight: Ashley Guzman
2nd of August 2017
Ashley has volunteered with The Children’s Foundation of America for multiple events including tabling opportunities, blanket making for foster children, and community awareness campaigns. She is currently attending Citrus College majoring in sociology and feels closely aligned with our mission of helping children heal, learn and thrive. She is hoping to continue her volunteer work and one day pursue a career in social work or become a counselor. We sat down with Ashley to hear more about her hobbies and what keeps her inspired to be involved in the community.
What are your hobbies outside of volunteering?
My hobbies consist of playing with my dogs, taking them on walks, hanging out with friends, reading and playing on my ukulele.
Do you volunteer with any other organizations?
Yes, I volunteer with House of Ruth who directly helps men and women who suffer from domestic violence. And Together We Rise, another nonprofit organization that supports foster youth.
What inspired you to become involved with the Children’s Foundation of America?
Since I want to pursue a career in social work, I want to focus my path on helping children in foster care. Volunteering with the Children’s Foundation of America is a great way for me to do that and to give back to the community. I also hope to create my own nonprofit organization when I get older.
Can you describe your favorite CFA Volunteer Event?
My favorite event was the 4th of July tabling event. A lot of people were there and they were very interactive and very interested in knowing more about the Children’s Foundation of America.
Why would you encourage others to volunteer?
Organizations that are focused on foster care youth need our support and love. Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community. Some of these children suffer from mental health issues so volunteering is a great way to raise awareness about these issues and the needs of these children.
Any advice you’d like to share with your fellow volunteers?
Be confident, be brave and be enthusiastic. When volunteering, be yourself. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and don’t be afraid to respond to questions.
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Sasha Chavez, AmeriCorps VIP Intern
Sasha is volunteering with the Children’s Foundation of America as our AmeriCorps VIP (Volunteer Infrastructure Program) Intern. This mutually beneficial partnership allows Sasha to work hand-in-hand with the Children’s Foundation of America to develop and expand the quality of the volunteer opportunities to address the unmet needs of our local community. Sasha has been a wonderful asset to our team. She creates content for our social media, assists with our community outreach and has even helped by coordinating fundraisers and volunteer opportunities. She lives locally to our headquarters in Claremont and studies public relations and marketing at the University of La Verne. When she isn’t volunteering with the Foundation, she enjoys reading, being outdoors and spending time with my friends and family.