Eden Volunteer of the Month - February 2017

Marcia Leitner at The Altenheim, Oakland

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

Name: Marcia Leitner

What site do you volunteer at? Altenheim

Why did you chose to volunteer with Eden Housing? I was looking for an opportunity to share my passion for yoga with seniors in my local community. 

What have you done as a volunteer?  Please describe your role and any projects you have worked on. I have been teaching a gentle yoga class to residents of the Altenheim once a week since October of 2016.

What have you learned through your volunteer experience?  Have there been any surprises? I am learning to be a better yoga teacher and how to modify the poses so that they are accessible to students with different abilities and physical limitations.  I enjoy getting to know each individual who attends the classes and I am surprised about how good I feel after every class.  

What do you like best about volunteering with Eden Housing? I love the students I have met who regularly come to my class.  They are willing to learn and are so appreciative to have a regular yoga class at the Altenheim.  I love seeing my students leave class more relaxed and smiling.  

Tell us something we may not know about you. Any interesting facts you’d like to share about your life? I have been an attorney for 28 years and have recently stepped back from a busy legal practice to follow my passions for yoga, travel and nonprofit work.  I am currently taking a workshop on yoga for healthy aging, where I am learning how yoga can help foster physical, mental and emotional health as we age.  I look forward to sharing my new knowledge with my yoga students at the Altenheim.


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

COMPANIES AND GROUPS: Interested in volunteer opportunities for corporate partners and groups?

We'd love to host you! Click here.

eden housing does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, national origin, or any other arbitrary basis.