Unlike most of the volunteers at Star of Hope, I have very little daily interaction with the clients. Instead, I volunteer my services in the Administration Building where I am responsible for entering the volunteer hours performed at each facility.
Before volunteering at Star of Hope, I never considered the ongoing demands and operations required to run a large non-profit, social service organization. However, nine months as a volunteer have provided a unique opportunity to observe the administrative functions of this mission on a daily basis. I was surprised to find less than a handful of dedicated individuals are responsible for recruiting, scheduling and managing more than 7,000 Star of Hope volunteers. I have also watched the Human Resources, IT, Finance, Development and Facilities Management teams tirelessly meet the constant challenges with excellence and a passion for serving others.
Undoubtedly, Star of Hope has tremendous front-line employees who give their time, toil, effort and talent to directly helping Houston's homeless men, women and children. However, it is important to recognize the wonderful individuals who work behind-the-scenes and are sometimes forgotten for their contributions.
Through my volunteer experience, I have learned that each person has a distinct purpose and plays an essential role in this mission. It takes all of us working together to address the many needs that would be overwhelming for any one individual. I am grateful for every employee and donor. And since this is National Volunteer Week, I would like to give a special shout-out of thanks and appreciation to all of the other Star of Hope volunteers. I am humbled and honored to serve with you!
Star of Hope Volunteer