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Adult Spotlight: Marissa Marks

How long have you been participating with Hands4Hope?

I began volunteering with Hands4Hope in 2013.

Why did you join Hands4Hope?

I actually joined Hands4Hope because my stepmom Beverlane and her sons participated in events. I started going to outreaches with them and quickly realized how much I liked volunteering with Hands4Hope.

How has the transition been going from a youth participant to adult mentor?

Being a youth volunteer for a few years allowed me to meet fellow volunteers and become aware of the various outreaches that Hands4Hope participates in. Also, I was truly ready for the extra responsibilities within the organization. Therefore, my transition from a youth participant to an adult mentor has remained smooth and I definitely enjoy the new role.

What outreaches do you usually volunteer with? Which do you enjoy the most?

My main outreaches include the Green Valley Community Church Saturday, the Wednesday night Mercy Senior Center dinners, and the Homeless Outreach. I enjoy all of these outreaches, and they are all rather different. At each event I volunteer around great people and feel like I truly make a difference in my community.

What is your impression/experience with Hands4Hope youth?

My experience with the Hands4Hope youth is that they show up with a positive attitude and are always ready to help their community.

Overall, what has your experience been like since joining?

Overall, I have had a great experience with Hands4Hope. Everyone within the organization is always extremely warm and helpful. In addition, I love the amount of outreaches and their various purposes. They truly allow me to connect with and positively affect the community.

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