Meet Our Volunteers

Eden's Superstar Volunteers

We are so proud of the volunteers who choose to give their time to our affordable communities and residents. If you're interested in volunteering with Eden, please go to Volunteer with Eden Housing.

Below is Eden Housing's Volunteer of the Month

Name: Mark Grovhoug                       Property: Owl’s Landing

Why did you chose to volunteer with Eden Housing?   I was looking for an opportunity to work with low income people to help improve their situation in any way I can.  My goal was to use my knowledge and life experience to assist and guide others to improve their lives while moving one step closer to their goals in life.  Eden Housing provides classes and coaching to residents in their affordable housing complexes.  This gave me several options to volunteer with residents in a central location. 

What have you done as a volunteer?  Please describe your role and what you have worked on.  As a financial coach I worked one-on-one with low income Eden Housing residents to help them improve their financial well-being, set meaningful financial goals and develop actionable steps to achieve those goals.   My client's top two goals were to save more money and improve their credit score.   We created a budget to get a clear understanding of the family income and where the money was going.  We identified areas to reduce spending and agreed upon a monthly saving goal.  I then showed them how to obtain their credit reports which we reviewed and identified ways to resolve issues creating a path to better credit.  

What have you learned through your volunteer experience?  Have there been any surprises?  I've learned that when dealing with something as sensitive as finances it is important to form a caring relationship to let them know you are there to help and can be trusted.  This relationship is the foundation to having open and honest discussions.

What do you like best about volunteering with Eden Housing?  The volunteer coordination and on-site staff were a pleasure to work with.  They provided training up front and were very responsive with the many questions I had along the way.   

Are there any tips that you would share for someone else who is considering volunteering?  If you're like me, you may want to help others but don't know if you have the knowledge, experience or skills necessary.  Believe me you do and you will realize it the first time you volunteer.  You can have an impact on the people you help and the relationships you form will enrich your life as well.   

Tell us something we may not know about you. Any interesting facts you’d like to share about your life?  I love the outdoors and spend much of my free time hiking, biking or playing golf.  

If you're interested in volunteering with Eden, please go to Volunteer with Eden Housing.

Past Volunteers of the Month:

 

Zohra Urozgani - September 2019  

Owl's Landing, Livermore

 

                                                  

Jonathan Carey - August 2019                                      Gayle Nygaard - July 2019

 Eden Financial Savers                                            Wexford Way, Dublin

 
Junghwa An - June 2019 Diane Feingersh - May 2019
Belle Terre, Lafayette Eden Issei Terrace, Hayward
Sana Ansari - April 2019 Stephanie Noel - March 2019
Owl's Landing, Livermore Vandenburgh Villa, Livermore
Leonardo Leal - February 2019 Susan Schroeder - January 2019
801 Alma, Palo Alto The Altenheim, Oakland
 
Michael Beamer - December 2018 Kim Doan-Lum - November 2018
West Rivertown, Antioch Wexford Way, Dublin
 
Saniya Shah - October 2018 Neha Kar - September 2018
Wicklow Square, Dublin Cambrian Center & Casa De Los Amigos, San Jose
 
Ankita Nayak - August 2018 Jeff Loehr - July 2018
Wexford Way, Dublin Monteverde, Orinda and Belle Terre, Lafayette
Alison Shirey - June 2018 Shante Garner - May 2018
Multiple Sites Chesley Mutual, Richmond
Kaavya Shanmugam - April 2018 Thomas Ho - March 2018
Carlow Court, Dublin Vandenburgh Villa, Livermore
Joanne Ikeda - February 2018 Juanita Miteff - January 2018
Eden Lodge, San Leandro Belle Terre, Lafayette
Alannah Bonalos- November 2017 Roy Lin - December 2017
Cranes Landing, Lodi Carlow Court, Dublin
Maggie Fukuda - October 2017 Jessica Cao - September 2017
Hayward Senior Apartments, Hayward Eden Palms, San Jose
 
Prakash Narasimhalu - August 2017 Josh Roth - July 2017
Financial Opportunity Corps Warner Creek, Novato, CA
Surendra Yadav - June 2017 Delleen LeVeau - May 2017
Financial Opportunity Corps Monteverde, Orinda, CA

Nelson Palacios - April 2017 Laura Mercy - March 2017
Tennyson Gardens, Hayward, CA Tennyson Gardens, Hayward, CA
Marcia Leitner - February 2017 Monique Chancellor - January 2017
The Altenheim, Oakland, CA Ashland Village, San Leandro, CA
Anshuman Chakravorty - December 2016 Jean McGranahan - November 2016
Eden Lodge, San Leandro, CA Monteverde Senior Apartments, Orinda, CA
 

 

For more information on how to become a volunteer or to attend a volunteer orientation, please email Alyssa.Santos@edenhousing.org or call 510.697.3561

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Jonathan Carey - August 2019                                      Gayle Nygaard - July 2019

 Eden Financial Savers                                            Wexford Way, Dublin

 

 

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