Eden Volunteer of the Month - September 2018

Neha Kar at Cambrian Center and Casa De Los Amigos, San Jose

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: Neha Kar

Property: Cambrian Center and Casa De Los Amigos, San Jose

Why did you chose to volunteer with Eden Housing? Public Health Nutrition has always been a subject I have enjoyed studying and practicing. Residents are vulnerable (due to various health reasons) as well as very enthusiastic and interested in leading a healthy life. My initial interaction with the Eden Housing team gave me the understanding, that by sharing my core nutritional fundamentals, I can make a big difference in their health and improve their quality of life. 

What have you done as a volunteer?  Please describe your role and what you have worked on. I work as a Nutrition educator at 2 facilities in the San Jose area since May 2018. I educate residents about healthy dietary choices, demonstrate quick nutritious recipes and share my insight regarding food safety in the kitchen. I lead a session every month (in both the facilities) which involves active discussions with the adult participants regarding common health/food safety issues and prepare few nutritious recipes for tasting.

What have you learned through your volunteer experience?  Have there been any surprises? Being new to the country, this experience helps me to understand the nutritional habits and common health issues the American population is suffering from. 

What do you like best about volunteering with Eden Housing? The services and volunteer management team is organized and committed towards helping the residents. I really look forward to the sessions and my interactions with the residents at both the facilities.

Are there any tips that you would share for someone else who is considering volunteering? I would like to encourage volunteers to spare some time and interact with the residents casually (apart from volunteering hours). This will help you to better understand their issues and build a strong bond with them as well as the staff.

Tell us something we may not know about you. Any interesting facts you’d like to share about your life? I love ice skating. Every Christmas I plan a visit to the east coast to enjoy outdoor ice skating.

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

 

 

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