Growing up, my parents emphasized the importance of giving back to your community and volunteering your time and efforts for good causes. I have developed a love for volunteering, and am grateful for the people, organizations and companies that I have been able to volunteer with and for. The following is an overview of the volunteer work and community service I have done over the years.
Make-A-Wish Foundation: Volunteer Wish Granter
March 2013-June 2014
My responsibilities included gathering information to help plan the wish experience for the child, while also conducting one-on-one home and hospital visits with the wish family. I also volunteered for "World Wish Day", in addition to the "Cirque du Wish" Gala event at the Pacific Aviation Museum.
The Queen’s Medical Center: Certified Volunteer
While working in various departments within the hospital, I trained for and passed the written examination required to become a certified volunteer. My duties included assisting patients admitted to the hospital; assisting visitors; transporting documents and materials between departments; assisting physicians and nurses; and training new volunteers.
William Beaumont Health System: Pediatric Rehabilitation Volunteer
June 2005-August 2010
Primary duties consisted of assisting children with special needs enrolled in dance, martial arts, swim and writing class programs.
American Cancer Society: Volunteer
October 2011-April 2015
As the founder and president of Hawaii Pacific University's chapter of Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS-SNMA), I was the team leader during our organization's participation in the "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Honolulu" event. Our team collectively raised $1200 for the American Cancer Society. I have also volunteered for the ACS "Relay for Life" events held at Ala Moana Magic Island and Kamahameha High School.
The Institute for Human Services (IHS): Community Volunteer
October 2011-April 2015
As a volunteer for IHS Women and Children's Shelter, I assisted with sorting the donated clothing; visiting with the residents and children in the IHS after-school classroom; and working in the community garden. In addition to this, I also helped with the building of the gazebo in the IHS community garden, that provides shade and a communal area for the residents and families.
Detroit Medical Center-Children's Hospital of Michigan: Research Assistant
As the primary research assistant, I worked with Dr. Patrick Hines to obtain data regarding the effects of beta-agonist medications on sickle cell pediatric patients with Acute Chest Syndrome (ACS). After gathering the necessary data, I created a PowerPoint presentation of our findings and presented this PowerPoint to the PICU physicians during our group work luncheon.
Shriners Hospital for Children: Holiday Toy Drive Organizer
Holiday Season 2009 & 2011
As the founder and president of HPU's chapter of Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS), and vice-president of the HPU Pre-Health Club, I organized a community-wide toy drive. Myself, and other HPU students, delivered these toys to the children being treated at Shriners Hospital for Children Honolulu.
Additional Volunteer Work
February 2015-July 2015
During my time as Miss Black Hawaii USAM, I served not only as role models for young African American women, but also to women around the world. I strived to service my community by volunteering for the Honolulu AIDS Walk; volunteering for Honolulu YMCA Healthy Kids Day; being a guest speaker at the “Detroit Girls Can” Young Women’s Empowerment Retreat; and many more.
Georgian Bloomfield Nursing Home: Volunteer
January 1997-April 2007
My responsibilities included assisting the activities director with various activities, outings, and one-on-one visits with nursing home residents. My family and I volunteered at Georgian Bloomfield Nursing Home from the time I was 7 years old, until I was a senior in high school.