Current employer or place of business: Security officer with the Port of Vancouver USA
Organization(s) I volunteer with: Vancouver Police Activities League; Clark County Sheriff’s Office; Explorer Post #893; Clark County Sheriff – Santa’s Posse
How I got involved: I’ve been involved with community service since the age of 15. In high school, I became certified in Homeland Security and criminal justice through the Clark County Skills Center. This experience ignited my passion for law enforcement and introduced me to volunteer opportunities with local deputies. I’ve logged more than 600 volunteer hours in Washington state so far. I’m proud to be a part of some great volunteer teams with VPD and the sheriff’s office, helping kids and young adults in our community.
Why I give back: I’ve experienced the hardship of loss and crime, and I’ve seen kids who get caught up in it and hurt by it. Giving back is how I can show these kids there are people who care about what happens to them, people who believe in them. I love working with kids, helping them discover what they want for their future and how they can get there.
Proudest moment as a volunteer: Getting to know everyone involved in different agencies and volunteer programs, and making so many friends.
What local challenge or issue are you most passionate about? I’m really passionate about helping people find and achieve their dreams.
Just for fun: What are your hidden talents? Making people smile, no matter how their day has been going.
“Paying it Forward: Volunteer Businessperson of the Week” is sponsored by Pacific Continental Bank.