1. Tell us about yourself.
I was born and raised here in the Sun City – my parents were both born in Mexico and moved here where they had four children. I love my culture and being a part of such a diverse community where we can express ourselves. Our heritage is extremely important to me. I am a first generation college student at the University of Texas at El Paso, where I am pursuing a Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies. I value education, which is why I can’t wait to be a teacher and give back to the community that has given so much to me. When I’m not at school or at work I enjoy doing many adventurous things such as hiking, going to concerts, traveling, trying new foods, painting, or spending time with my cat, Nimbus.
2. Give us a description of what you do for United Way.
I am an intern at United Way as part of the community impact team. My job is centered around volunteerism. UnitedWay helps connect people with opportunities to give, advocate and volunteer.
3. Why is this work so important to our community?
This community wouldn’t run without all the people that make up our beautiful city. It is important to give back to our community and to the people who are a part of it.
4. What is the most surprising thing you have learned about the community and yourself in your time at United Way?
El Paso is a border city, and along with all the beautiful things that come with our diverse community there is an equal amount of needs and obstacles we face together as a community. Being at United Way, I have learned that it is important to take a step back and see what’s actually going on in our community and figure out ways we can work together to face these obstacles.
5. Share a quote that motivates you as a person and as a member of the United Way team.
Life is a perception of your own reality. -Chiodos