MEDA October 2016 Volunteer of the Month: Jessie Rubalcava

Jessie-Rubalcava, Volunteer of the month
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: Jessie Rubalcava
Program: Workforce Development/Mission Techies Intern

Why did you decide to volunteer with MEDA?
I decided to volunteer at MEDA because of the well-structured programs that are conceptualized and molded to the vibrant Latino community of the Mission.

What projects have you worked on as a volunteer?
Employer engagement, volunteering for community projects and Workforce Development research/support.

What do you like best about volunteering at MEDA?
I like that the staff has passion and dedication to serving the local community in the Mission. I like that MEDA’s programs are dynamic and are constantly being revaluated for the sake of a more-efficient program for our clients. This influenced my decision to transition to a nonprofit-sector profession.

What have you learned from your volunteer experience?
I have learned a varied amount of skilled and processes for dealing with clients finding jobs and referring them to other programs. By engaging with clients within the Mission, what I take the most out of this experience derives from the personal narratives of each individual client. Each individual narrative is an insightful data source that helps MEDA conceptualize how our programs can cater to their needs.

Tell us something we may not know about you. Any interesting facts you’d like to share about your life?
I love doing outdoorsy things, boxing and helping people in need!


Interested in volunteering in the Mission? Please contact Lucia Obregon, Volunteer Services Manager: or (415) 282-3334 ext. 156.

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