Meet Our Volunteers

Eden's Superstar Volunteers

We are so proud of the volunteers who choose to give their time to our affordable communities and residents. If you're interested in volunteering with Eden, please go to Volunteer with Eden Housing.

Below is Eden Housing's Volunteer of the Month

Name: Diane Feingersh

Property: Eden Issei Terrace

Why did you choose to volunteer with Eden Housing?  I was looking for an opportunity to gain some experience teaching yoga to seniors and my initial efforts did not succeed in finding anything. Then a classmate introduced me to Emily, who kindly took the time and effort to identify a location that was convenient for me, that also had folks interested in this kind of service at a time slot that fit into my busy schedule. Emily made the whole process easy and enjoyable. 

What have you done as a volunteer?  Please describe your role and what you have worked on.  I have taught yoga weekly to a lovely group of students at Eden Issei.

What have you learned through your volunteer experience?  Have there been any surprises?  I have gained valuable experience teaching a group of seniors who have varying levels of strength and flexibility. It has been educational as I continue to learn how to hold the space for people with varying degrees of ability. I've been surprised at some of the students who are quite up in age but still retain the ability to stay with the class and keep coming back every week!

What do you like best about volunteering with Eden Housing?  The students are so very friendly and appreciative of what I have to offer. They are really a joy to work with. Grace also is a pleasure to have on board as she always calls the students who sometimes forget and she is always so supportive of my classes. 

Are there any tips that you would share for someone else who is considering volunteering?  Know that the rewards are beyond what you might imagine. There is hardly any better feeling than knowing you are offering a service to people who need and appreciate it.

Tell us something we may not know about you. Any interesting facts you’d like to share about your life?  I've spent my whole life studying holistic medicine including shiatsu massage, herbal medicine, Ayurveda (a traditional form of holistic medicine from India that is considered a sister science of yoga), and I just completed a 1000-hour yoga therapy program. All the while I've been working in biotech and big pharma, helping to discover and develop life saving medicines primarily for cancer. It always seemed a little ironic that my interest is in low-tech medicine but my career has been in high tech research. I am grateful for the job that helped support my family for 3 decades and I hope to soon embark on a second career in which I can serve others in the healing arts of yoga and Ayurveda.

If you're interested in volunteering with Eden, please go to Volunteer with Eden Housing.

 

Past Volunteers of the Month:

Sana Ansari - April 2019 Stephanie Noel - March 2019
Owl's Landing, Livermore Vandenburgh Villa, Livermore
Leonardo Leal - February 2019 Susan Schroeder - January 2019
801 Alma, Palo Alto The Altenheim, Oakland
 
Michael Beamer - December 2018 Kim Doan-Lum - November 2018
West Rivertown, Antioch Wexford Way, Dublin
 
Saniya Shah - October 2018 Neha Kar - September 2018
Wicklow Square, Dublin Cambrian Center & Casa De Los Amigos, San Jose
 
Ankita Nayak - August 2018 Jeff Loehr - July 2018
Wexford Way, Dublin Monteverde, Orinda and Belle Terre, Lafayette
Alison Shirey - June 2018 Shante Garner - May 2018
Multiple Sites Chesley Mutual, Richmond
Kaavya Shanmugam - April 2018 Thomas Ho - March 2018
Carlow Court, Dublin Vandenburgh Villa, Livermore
Joanne Ikeda - February 2018 Juanita Miteff - January 2018
Eden Lodge, San Leandro Belle Terre, Lafayette
Alannah Bonalos- November 2017 Roy Lin - December 2017
Cranes Landing, Lodi Carlow Court, Dublin
Maggie Fukuda - October 2017 Jessica Cao - September 2017
Hayward Senior Apartments, Hayward Eden Palms, San Jose
 
Prakash Narasimhalu - August 2017 Josh Roth - July 2017
Financial Opportunity Corps Warner Creek, Novato, CA
Surendra Yadav - June 2017 Delleen LeVeau - May 2017
Financial Opportunity Corps Monteverde, Orinda, CA

Nelson Palacios - April 2017 Laura Mercy - March 2017
Tennyson Gardens, Hayward, CA Tennyson Gardens, Hayward, CA
Marcia Leitner - February 2017 Monique Chancellor - January 2017
The Altenheim, Oakland, CA Ashland Village, San Leandro, CA
Anshuman Chakravorty - December 2016 Jean McGranahan - November 2016
Eden Lodge, San Leandro, CA Monteverde Senior Apartments, Orinda, CA
 

 

For more information on how to become a volunteer or to attend a volunteer orientation, please email Emily.Henebrey@edenhousing.org or call (510) 247-8102

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