Eden Volunteer of the Month - June 2017

Surendra Yadav, Financial Opportunity Corps

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.

Below is Eden Housing's Volunteer of the Month

Name: Surendra Yadav

Program: Financial Opportunity Corps

Surendra Yadav is one of our Financial Workshop Facilitators trained to conduct financial education workshops for Eden Housing residents.  Learn more about him below.


Why did you chose to volunteer with Eden Housing as a financial workshop leader? Finance is one of the important aspect of our life. As it's always said, being healthy, wealthy & wise is the key to successful life. I think it's a good way to share financial knowledge with others in the community. I'm hoping it will help attendees make better financial decisions in their life. 

What have you done as a volunteer?  Please describe your role and what you have worked on. I'm an engineer by profession but I have taken various volunteer roles in the past. I like to learn about other areas, and volunteering opportunities provides that. Currently, In addition to volunteering with Eden Housing, I'm volunteer board member for our Homeowners Association. I also help CATS (Community Awareness and Treatment Services) with their IT strategy plan and also serving as board member. CATS help homeless population in San Francisco. In the past, I took on soccer and basketball coach, Boys Scout Den Treasurer roles

What have you learned through your volunteer experience?  Have there been any surprises? Every volunteer job provides new learning opportunity. I would have not experienced these areas had I not taken these volunteer roles. There are always surprises but dealing with those surprises is an art. 

What do you like best about volunteering with Eden Housing? I like the Eden Housing staff that I'm working with. Lisa and Olga are very helpful and organized. I appreciate that Eden housing is providing affordable housing in Silicon Valley, one of the most expensive area in the world. 

Are there any tips that you would share for someone else who is considering volunteering? I think volunteering is one of the best ways to learn a new area and get to know community & people. Volunteering also helps building leadership qualities and public speaking. The best part is to help others while doing fun activities. 

Tell us something we may not know about you. Any interesting facts you’d like to share about your life? I like visiting new places. In the past we made adventurous trip to Leh-Ladakh in Northern India and visited some places as high as 17500 ft. 


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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