SAMARITAN HOUSE A Key Principle At Samaritan House Is About
“Neighbor Helping Neighbor”
Patty Hsiu, longtime dedicated Volunteer and Donor, Advisory Council
Member, Development Committee Member and former Board President, on why she supports Samaritan House: BANP: What is it about Samaritan House that made you
PH: I like helping folks that need help. I also like helping
want to choose Samaritan House?
folks that want to give time as their contribution. Teaching
PH: It’s local and helps people that live where I live. The
community members, especially students, about the con-
help that Samaritan House provides is basic: food, shelter,
text of the work they do while volunteering is satisfying. A
medical, etc. I understand and
key principle at Samaritan
see the needs, and feel like I can
House is about ‘Neighbor help-
make an impact. The areas that
ing Neighbor’. I live in a better
Samaritan House covers are im-
community because we have an
portant to the wellbeing to ev-
organization that puts together
ery person and not having these
people that can help with those
things has far reaching conse-
that need it.
BANP: Is there a particular mo-
BANP: What do you do when
ment that stands out for you or
you volunteer and how long
a particular joy you get when
have you been doing it?
PH: I currently help with fundraising, recruiting volunteers,
PH: It’s especially fun when other volunteers that I’ve co-
distributing and serving food, and toys, collecting and
ordinated or connected with Samaritan House are grateful
transporting donations, and even photographing events. I
to be able to help. Both the helpers and the helped are
also volunteer on the Advisory Council, the Development
grateful and it’s a wonderful thing.
Committee, and the Main Event Committee. When I was
BANP: Do you recommend or suggest this to others?
the Board President, I helped lead strategic initiatives and
PH: Yes! It’s gratifying and it’s the right thing to do if you
governance. I’ve done some sort of volunteering for Sa-
want to help create a healthy community. And get your
maritan House for about 20 years.
kids involved too; it will stay with them throughout their
BANP: What do you love most about what you do when
you volunteer? Is there a favorite “something” you like?
Since 1974, Samaritan House has become San Mateo’s leading non-profit that brings a new level of hope, dignity, and empowerment to people living in poverty as they fulfill immediate needs and guide people toward self-reliance. Samaritan House is the largest food distribution agency in the county. Other free services include shelter and housing assistance; medical and dental clinics; clothes for children; personalized case management and much more. The entire community benefits from Samaritan House’s steadfast mission to mobilize all available resources and work hand-in-hand to break the cycle of poverty.
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