Eden Volunteer of the Month - November 2016

Jean McGranahan at Monteverde Senior Apartments, Orinda, CA

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.

(Jean, on the far left, with her Monteverde yogis.)

Name: Jean McGranahan

With what community do you volunteer? Monteverde Senior Apartments (Orinda, CA)

Why did you chose to volunteer with Eden Housing? I love teaching yoga and sharing with people the great benefits yoga can bring to a person’s life. Eden Housing seemed like the perfect place to volunteer and the people I teach are amazing.

What have you done as a volunteer?  Please describe your role and any projects you have worked on. I teach a one hour yoga class each week. It has been incredible to see everyone’s progress, including increased flexibility, concentration, and general well-being since I started teaching. As a teacher, to see your student’s progression is a great gift.

What have you learned through your volunteer experience?  Have there been any surprises? I have learned a little bit about each individual person. The group of individuals I teach are a kind, loving, and generous group. We have a neat little group of “Yogis” and I look forward to our time together each week.

What do you like best about volunteering with Eden Housing? Absolutely the people I teach. We all come from different places and have had different experiences, and it is fascinating to learn about each individual.

Tell us something we may not know about you. Any interesting facts you’d like to share about your life? To celebrate being an empty-nester last fall, my husband and I climbed Half Dome in Yosemite. I also am a life- long skier. I started skiing when I was three years old and still enjoy being up on the mountains on skis. Yoga has definitely played a part in me being able to continue to be so active.

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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