A life dedicated to helping others stems from a past full of obstacles. Debra Garza, our colleague in San Antonio, has volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters for more than a decade. Here’s a look at what led her there.
I believe that every child deserves an opportunity. I was one of those children.
I was at higher risk, inner-city child who grew up in a community that wasn’t always at its best.
I’m a first-born generation. My parents do not speak English, and not really having the support going through the teenage years was very difficult.
It’s one of the reasons why I do what I do and become part of the organization of Big Brothers and Big Sisters. It’s very fulfilling to know that you’ve made even if it’s a small impact in their life, to know that you made a difference, to see a smile, to see them really open their eyes to something new and introduce them to something perhaps they would have never been introduced to, and to know that they look at you as somebody who they can come to and trust.
I feel that I’m passionate about helping others because it is something that you’re born with. It’s doing something without any expectations of receiving anything back.
And knowing that I was there to help them when perhaps they needed the most without even knowing that, to me it makes a difference.
Being passionate is just in me. It’s part of what I do every day.