To celebrate this season of giving and thankfulness, every Wednesday we will showcase staff, Board members, volunteers and clients telling what this Mission District, San Francisco nonprofit brings to their lives.
I first learned about MEDA from my mother when she went to get help with filing her taxes for free. My sister joined the Mission Techies program a few months later while she was home from college on summer break. Looking for something to do after school that would provide me with some real-life experience, I turned my attention to the organization that had given to my family. I started volunteering at MEDA every Wednesday, providing administrative support to staff in MEDA’s Digital Opportunity Center.
“I used to think MEDA only worked with people on their finances — helping people file taxes or open bank accounts, or get training to find higher paying jobs. I was surprised when I saw staff members working with kids my age who needed a place to stay, or families that were without food. MEDA does so much to help families get the things they need to stay safe and healthy, and I love being a part of that.
“I give to MEDA because they help Latino families, and I don’t see them getting helped at many places. I love that MEDA connects young people, like me, to resources that will help them succeed as adults. MEDA has given me the skills I’ll need to be a stronger college applicant.
“When I turn seventeen next year, I plan to join the Mission Techies program, just like my sister. Until then, I’ll keep volunteering at MEDA, so that I can make a difference for families like mine.“
MEDA Volunteer and future Mission Techie
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