Major: Communication Studies
Hometown: Yuba City, CA
Program Position: Group Leader of Adopted Grandparent, CAVE
How did you first get connected with Community Action Volunteers in Education (CAVE)?
Towards the end of last semester, while I was attending Butte College, I visited the Give Back to Chico day in the downtown plaza. There I met Ann Schwab who encouraged me to join CAVE when I transferred in the fall. I remembered this when the semester began to approach in August, so applied to work with CAVE’s Adopted Grandparent program. I got hired two weeks before the beginning of the semester, attended the retreat the week after I was hired, and began the semester right after that. It was a chaotic couple weeks, but worth every minute.
How would you describe your current role with CAVE?
Basically being a group leader for the Adopted Grandparent program, I manage a group of my peers as they volunteer at different senior care facilities throughout the community. My job gives me a great chance to grow as a leader and learn new ways of working with groups, specifically in a leadership position. Also thanks to my amazing volunteers, my job is fun and exciting.
What does working for CAVE do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
CAVE has been life changing in many ways. I know that a lot of people say that, but it truly is. It has taught me the value of giving back to the environment around me. It is a humbling experience to help those around me, yet I feel I get the most out of it. It is very rewarding and has sparked a passion for volunteer work that will never stop.
What do YOU bring to the table in your position at CAVE?
I bring commitment, an inspiring work ethic, and an enjoyable environment that should bring a smile to those around me. My grandpa always told me growing up that if I am going to do something, I should put my all into it, so I believe I have kept that motto working with CAVE. I hope it shows and those around me see it and are inspired by it.
What are your career plans and how does your job with the Associated Students better prepare you for that path?
With my degree in communications and a minor in marketing, I hope to work with a non-profit group. This desire is in large part due to my involvement with CAVE. If not with a non-profit, at least with a corporation that gives back to the community. CAVE not only is a way of getting involved on campus, it is a way of making you a better person in every aspect of your life. I highly recommend everyone to join CAVE and feel free to ask questions if you ever see me around campus, I would be happy to help!