As a teenager just coming out, I looked at the Center as a safe haven. I have a lot of respect and gratitude for the Center and all the help and support it provides.
Volunteering has been one of the most rewarding things I have done in my life. I really feel like I’m making a difference and having fun while doing it.
I think the most memorable thing since I started volunteering has been the connections that I have made with the seniors. When they share their experiences and the way they have felt at different points in their lives with me, I realize that, not only did they pave the way for people like me, but one day that will be me. Being able to spend time with them and learn from them is an honor and absolute joy.
Volunteer: Charnise Chapple
Hometown: Garden Grove, CA
Year started at the Center: 2017
Volunteer position: Senior Services, Special Events