Like so many others, the Pandemic months have been ones filled with many trials and tribulations. From unemployment to a significant health crisis, I felt challenged to make a difference in the midst of my own struggles. As a cancer survivor, I know all too well the gut-wrenching battle to keep living when your body turns against you. As an incoming MS in Marriage and Family Therapy student at Fuller Seminary, I have chosen a field of study and future career that will allow me to dedicate my life to helping people. The battle and journey of cancer have touched my life and heart forever. Instead of waiting until graduation to give back, I wanted to jump in head first as soon as possible. Lending my words to a wonderful organization like Here To Serve to bring awareness about the families and children who are in the fight of their lives and highlight the journey they are on is truly an honor and a privilege.
My name is Chris Smith, and I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my wife and daughter. I am one of the blog writers at Here to Serve. Most of my writing experience has been in the technical communications field, so I thank Katie for the chance to expand my writing skills in an important area. Being a cancer survivor, I was looking for an opportunity to use my professional experience and give back to the community in any way I can. I was drawn to volunteer at Here to Serve. Providing clear and helpful information for families searching for information regarding pediatric cancer is very important to me. I’m privileged to be a part of a great organization.
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Hey y’all, my name is Klarrisa and I’m a part of the Here To Serve Social Media Team. I found Katie and the team on Volunteer Match back in January. After the year we all had last year, I felt it was really important to give back, and this is a great way to help those in need while staying socially distanced!
2020 affected my life much as it did everyone else; I was left with a lot of time on my hands and a rather desperate feeling that I wanted to somehow make a positive difference in the world. I found Here to Serve and knew immediately this is where I needed to focus my skills and efforts. I wanted to be involved in something at the grassroots level; working with and for people whose daily lives are interrupted by cancer, and focusing on my community. I love that I can do that with Here to Serve, and I cherish the opportunity to learn and grow with the Social Media Team.
Hey! I’m Yousef, and I’m a part of the Social Media Team at Here to Serve. Our founder Katie always stresses the importance of the often disregarded aspect of cancer, which is the journey itself. I wanted to volunteer at Here to Serve because I believe in their mission of supporting families on their journey through childhood cancer. Also, a byproduct of the pandemic was the amount of spare time some people had and still have, so why not lessen the burden of those who don’t have that luxury? Volunteering for a good cause is a reward in itself, but it feels especially rewarding at Here to Serve.
Emily Mischel is a software and social media expert loving all things content marketing and social. A serial entrepreneur before jumping into writing chat-bots as a founder and creative director for SoZango Solutions, Emily was a digital media producer; writing, coordinating, shooting and casting digital content domestically and internationally with social media influencers for a variety of creator networks and brands. Emily is expert in Salesforce, Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Word, Excel) and Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter) and Etsy, Emily graduated with a MS in Social Entrepreneurship from USC Marshall School of Business.
Medical accidents and disease impact entire families, presenting physical, mental and financial challenges on top of added responsibilities. I joined Here to Serve because of their mission of building and providing support systems to uplift and care for families. From the very beginning, I worked closely with Katie who placed a considerable amount of trust in me and value in my opinions. I started as a web developer and my role and responsibilities quickly evolved. I now have my hands in database management, online fundraising, web design, blog posts and more. As a result, I have developed new skills, like search engine optimization, and have been exposed to the behind-the-scenes operations of a non-profit. Importantly, we have been able to help families.
Dzung comes to Here to Serve from Hack4Impact, a student-led organization at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) that creates software for non-profit organizations. Here to Serve required a care community platform that would allow for communication between volunteers and families, task assignments, sending out updates, and much more. As the technical lead for the project, I oversaw the technology stack behind the application and facilitated communication between team members. We modernized and simplified the current volunteer management platform while adapting to Here to Serve’s specific needs. Over the past year, even with a pandemic, we were able to develop a prototype of the application and deploy it. This experience is one of the most rewarding experiences during my college career.