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A N G E L E S Current Volunteer Opportunities

Vo l u n teer Spotlight For the past several months, Pablo Diego has been volunteering with HOLA, providing invaluable assistance with graphic design projects. Pablo finds design intriguing, with its capacity to simplify large ideas and communicate them in a simple and effective format. With his work at HOLA, he has been able to produce a wide variety of projects, but his favorite was to showcase HOLA programs by placing photos of students within HOLA’s new logo, creating a customized logo for each department. As he culled through hundreds of photos, Pablo was able to survey the work HOLA has done over the years and give him insight into all of HOLA’s programs. Pablo’s not a stranger to HOLA, he attended the SAT prep class during his junior year of high school. A native Angeleno, Pablo first ventured outside of Los Angeles when he moved out of state to study architecture at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He took advantage of his new location, traveling to places in the area like New York and Maryland, and as far away as Mexico and Italy. After graduating, Pablo took the opportunity to travel to Guatemala before returning home to LA. While staying in a rural village during his trip, he witnessed unsuitable housing conditions and the limited education opportunities for the children. That experience moved him to get involved with a non-profit after returning home. When he started to look around, he immediately thought of HOLA and the invaluable support he received from HOLA when he was in high school. Although he has been helping HOLA with graphic design, Pablo has a future in architecture ahead of him. He recently completed seven graduate school applications, with the hopes of beginning his work towards a Masters of Architecture degree this fall.

5 Re a sons to Volunteer wi t h H O L A :

Homework Assistants Academic Tutors Teacher Assistants Front Building Monitor Brass Musician Computer Lab Assistant - (Coding & Computer Science) Digital Media Intern Counseling Administration Soccer Coaches Basketball Coaches

How do I Volunteer? Interview with Volunteer Coordinator Fill out Volunteer Application and Waiver Complete Free Background Check Attend a Volunteer Training

1. Volunteering is good for you! Research shows that focusing on someone other than yourself relieves stress and makes you more optimistic. 2. You get a chance to give back! Giving back to the community is essential for the growth of everyone who lives in and around it. 3. You gain professional experience! Volunteering at HOLA gives you the opporunity to try out something new. 4. Volunteering strengthens the community! When you volunteer at HOLA, you will be helping our families and making our community a stronger and healthier place.

For more information, contact: Evelyn Benitez Volunteer Program Coordinator ebenitez@heartofla.org ( 213) 389-1148 Ext: 247

www.heartofla.org/volunteer

5. You make a difference in this huge world! Volunteers are an essential part of our program and because of people like you, we can keep making a difference in the lives of hundreds of underserved kids.

M e ss a g e to our Vol unteers Thank you so much for your dedication as an HOLA Volunteer! There are so many exciting things going on here and we want to make sure you don’t miss any of it. To stay in the know, please like/follow HOLA on Once you’re connected, we encourage you to share your #HOLAVolunteers stories by tagging HOLA or emailing them to us so we can share our love for all the amazing things you do. Thanks for all your support.

Heart of Los Angeles provides underserved youth with exceptional programs in academics, arts and athletics within a nurturing environment, empowering them to develop their potential, pursue their education and strengthen their communities

Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA)

2701 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 100

Los Angeles, CA 90057

(213) 389- 1148

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