Both inside and outside of work, Ruwa is a passionate advocate for bringing people together across different faiths. She takes this passion into her community as a speaker with the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta, an organization that sends volunteers to schools, police departments, houses of worship, and other locations to speak to others about Islamic heritage and history to help bridge cultural gaps. We sat down with Ruwa to learn more about her involvement with this organization.
With spring quickly approaching, so is the season for giving back to volunteers who dedicate their time to serving others. National Volunteer Week kicks off on April 23 – an opportunity to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice and support to causes they care about in their community and around the world. What better way to acknowledge a volunteer than by giving them the opportunity to have presidential recognition?
Imagine creating a nationwide volunteer coordination program from scratch, with no formal statistics on how many people in the country volunteer and no existing network of nonprofits towards which to direct volunteers. This was the challenge faced by Voluntarios de Panamá, a Points of Light global affiliate.
Volunteer service is a great way to connect with and improve your community, a chance to help your neighbors and create positive change. As a newcomer to Washington, D.C., in 2006, Shaterri Casteel, program manager for Points of Light’s ServiceWorks program, used service as an opportunity to become more acquainted with the issues facing her new community.