India, Santa Barbara & Pasadena, CA, 2012-Present
Volunteer Teacher, Fundraiser
Participated in relief efforts on the Indian subcontinent and in California, U.S. Samarpan Foundation is a non-profit charitable trust run entirely by volunteers, and exists to provide help to people, animals, and to restore our environment. Volunteers claim no expenses, thus 100% of donations are used to fund projects, without deduction for administrative costs. Our vision is to expand our network globally to provide help and assistance of any kind when there is a humanitarian, ecological or environmental need.
CHILDREN’S TRUST FOUNDATION (CTF)
Seattle, WA, 1999-2002
Board Member, Fundraiser
Participated in Endowment fundraising, RFP review, Family Center program site visits and interviews, provided content and editing for CTF Newsletter. Children's Trust Foundation is dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect in Washington State. Through the Family Center Initiative, CTF funds programs administered in Family Centers across Washington State that strengthen the parent-child relationship.
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON CHILDRENS HEALTH AWARENESS PROJECT (CHAP)
Seattle, WA, 1998
Research Interviewer, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Conducted surveys and personal interviews for a ten-year, federally funded, longitudinal study, with an original cohort of students from the Seattle Public School district. Administered surveys across Washington state in youth detention centers, public schools, libraries, coffee shops and private homes, to gather data, measuring children's awareness of specific health-related topics. Children ranged from being homeless, incarcerated, to top achievers in their academic and civic lives.
LITTLE BIT THERAPEUTIC RIDING CENTER
Woodinville, WA, 1995
Facilitator for Children and Horses
Worked with children and adults with disabilities in an equestrian environment, aiding in the use of the horse as a recreational approach to therapy. Worked in stables with therapy recipients on a weekly basis, guiding them through varied levels of horse care and interaction including grooming horses, outdoor trail walks and arena exercises.
NATURAL HELPERS PROGRAM WOODINVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
Woodinville, WA, 1985-1986
Was selected by a student survey to represent student body as student counselor. Worked with the class counselor to develop a new program at Woodinville High School. Received 30+ hours of training in peer counseling. Trained additional student counselors in off-site weekend workshops. Scope of responsibilities included responding to student requests for support on a range of subject matters from drug and alcohol abuse to suicide prevention. Primary objective was to determine whether to refer student to crisis clinics
or other mental health professionals.
SORENSON SCHOOL SPECIAL EDUCATION
Woodinville, WA, 1981
Special Education Volunteer
Worked with students in classrooms with learning challenges due to physical and mental conditions. Performed rudimentary physical therapy with movement and exercise in gymnasium. Learned the sign alphabet to communicate with students.