Eden Volunteer of the Month - April 2017

Nelson Palacios at Tennyson Gardens, Hayward

We are so proud of the volunteers who choose to give their time to our affordable communities and residents. You can read other stories about our volunteers at Meet Our VolunteersIf you're interested in volunteering with Eden, please go to Volunteer with Eden Housing.

Name: Nelson Palacios

Why did you chose to volunteer with Eden Housing? I've always wanted to work in an office setting which includes some computer work and this site has both. This is pretty ideal for me to gain skills.

Which site do you volunteer at? Tennyson Gardens in Hayward.

What have you done as a volunteer?  Please describe your role and any projects you have worked on. I've organized paperwork that is miles high; posted flyers in each residence; assisted the maintenance supervisor with painting and some maintenance issues; getting some vacant units ready for next renters; fed info into computer files and printed out residences' information for labeling files.

What have you learned through your volunteer experience?  Have there been any surprises? I've learned the importance of having a good rapport with my supervisor - building trust. I also learned that there's so much paper that continue to pile up! I don't know what we would do if it wasn't for the computer!  Communication among colleagues is so important. I always need to communicate in an ongoing basis.

The nice surprise for me recently was that the office decided to take us out to Applebee's for lunch. That was a nice gesture and I really appreciate that.

What do you like best about volunteering with Eden Housing? I like the Tennyson Garden staff and people the most. They're great to work with!

Tell us something we may not know about you. Any interesting facts you’d like to share about your life? I was born in Bogota, Columbia and moved to USA when I was 14. Oh also I love to cheer! I'm on the cheerleader team. :)


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


For more information on how to become a volunteer or to attend a volunteer orientation, please email Leah.Cerri@edenhousing.org or call (510) 247-8138

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