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Esther Kim

Girls Club and Lemonade Stand Volunteer

I have been a volunteer at Bridges to Independence for over a year and am honored to be able to serve as part of this organization. I sincerely enjoy the time I spend as a mentor every week in the youth program; I look forward to and prioritize every opportunity to volunteer. It is a truly rewarding experience to see the children grow and develop confidence through the programs and activities offered by Bridges to Independence.
What I find remarkable about Bridges to Independence is that they provide all the tools necessary to empower and encourage each individual and/or family with valuable skills, education and knowledge to “bridge” the gap from homelessness/ hopelessness to stability and self-sufficiency.
The staff at Bridges to Independence have impressed me with their warmth; the care and affection they have for each family that passes through and eventually graduates from the shelter is genuine. It is obvious that each member of the staff is passionate and cares deeply about the organization and it’s mission.
I wanted to volunteer to practice radical selflessness, give back, make a difference and help others, but the reality is that volunteering/mentoring has helped me, healed me, and changed me by experiencing a rare and true love, cultivated by Bridges to Independence.