What a place full of pride. The moment I walked through HOLA’s doors I was greeted by numerous HOLA staff who all expressed their gratitude to me for volunteering my time, when I should have been the one thanking them! And the smiles and appreciation didn’t stop there. During our 12-week Mentoring Matters program I was able to interact with a classroom full of kids who were proud to be at HOLA (on numerous occasions the kids gave me a tour of the center without anyone directing them to) and were thankful to the volunteers who came to speak, which was apparent when they each individually went up to the volunteers to shake their hands and say thank you. When I was in middle school it never even crossed my mind to shake hands and say thank you to adults who tried to teach me something! HOLA fosters such a wonderful environment, and it’s evident in the kids’ attitudes. WHAT A PLACE!”
– Gail Cayetano is a Managing Partner from Starfish Creative Events. She volunteered in the Mentoring Matters Program for BRIDGES afternoon.