Each month, the Mission Economic Development Agency honors one of its dedicated volunteers — the people who are an integral part of MEDA’s ability to provide free services to low- and moderate-income Bay Area residents. Thanks to all of the selfless MEDA volunteers who choose Plaza Adelante as their second home.
Name: Ana Isabel González Martínez
Program: Mission Promise Neighborhood
Why did you decide to volunteer with MEDA?
I decided to volunteer with MEDA because all of their projects support Latinos and the low-income community.
What projects have you worked on as a volunteer?
I volunteer with Ana Avilez, who works as a family success coach teaching computer classes in Mission schools. Training is provided to parents on how to use the myON program on a computer — a digital literacy project for mothers of the Mission Promise Neighborhood.
What do you like best about volunteering at MEDA?
What I have enjoyed most about volunteering is the work in the community. You can impart knowledge and support people to move forward. Above all, I find it rewarding that children are more likely to continue to grow personally and professionally because of this program. It has been gratifying to meet many people from different cultures and to learn from them. For me, this experience has been like leaving a seed in the passage for life, where I feel that I have been able to serve and help people, beyond my country, but who, like me, are always struggling to make their families’ lives better.
What have you learned from your volunteer experience?
This has been a rewarding experience, as it has taught me that in education we must always be at the forefront of new ideas and be willing to train ourselves. This experience has given me many ideas. Above all, to continue developing software that benefits early childhood education.
Tell us something we may not know about you. Any interesting facts you’d like to share about your life?
I like to travel and take photos to relive those experiences, although I am convinced that the best shots are those that our eyes capture and are recorded in memory. I like to read because through reading I can also travel and know other places and cultures. I consider myself a family-oriented person, and that is why the experience of volunteering at MEDA and helping families to grow has made me very grateful, because my parents have always encouraged me to do my best. Among the things I enjoy is also the design of educational software, because I strongly believe that children deserve a better education that makes them enjoy and always want to learn more. As a hobby, I like to learn about robotic programming because I would like to be able to combine hardware with software for the benefit of children, regardless of their physical condition.
Interested in volunteering in the Mission? Please contact Lucia Obregon, Volunteer Services Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 282-3334 ext. 156.