November 6, 2012
The Cambodian Family is truly remarkable. I started volunteering in the summer of 2009 and I continue to return every year. This is the place where I discovered my passion for teaching and promoting youth advocacy and higher education. I feel like I am on the right career path because of The Cambodian Family. After 3 years of volunteering at The Cambodian Family, I realized that I want to embark on a career in the nonprofit sector. I also realized that such career path is very challenging but very rewarding. Mr. Sundaram Rama (Executive Director) and Ms. Phalen Lim (Youth Program Director) have inspired me to take on this challenge and be passionate about helping people. They are so dedicated to the community and they LOVE what they do. Also, the staff at The Cambodian Family are wonderful people. They truly welcome you like friends and family. They work hard everyday to ensure that the families they serve are on the path to better health and education. The children in the Youth Program are the reason why I keep coming back. It brings me joy when I hear that the children in the program remember me. They may not remember my name (because I do have an uncommon name) but they remember my art class. When I was an art instructor in their summer program, I remember the children asking excitedly, "What are we going to do today?" They looked forward to my art projects and the best part was--I was doing something I loved. I wasn't just a volunteer. I was inspiring students to create art out of newspaper, cans, and old shoes. I was inspiring them to embrace their creativity. Not only that but I was encouraging them to be unique ALWAYS. Since the summer of 2008, I have done my best to be involved as much as I can at The Cambodian Family. I look forward to the many more camping trips, graduations, fundraising events, and holidays at The Cambodian Family. The Cambodian Family may be a less-known organization, but there is not an organization that has strong grassroots like The Cambodian Family. I am truly blessed to be part of such an extraordinary organization. They truly are like family.
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