Rynae Benson honored with Spirit of Volunteerism Award in Orange County, California

Rynae Benson honored with Spirit of Volunteerism Award in Orange County, California

Rynae Benson honored with Spirit of Volunteerism Award in Orange County, California

When Rynae Benson started volunteering with Colette’s Children’s Home (CCH), a home for homeless women with children, in 2010, she wasted no time jumping in and becoming involved in any way possible. In her first year volunteering, she worked with CCH staff and Board of Directors to begin organizing weekly activities for a weekly children’s group program and helped implement a birthday club for the homeless children. For Valentine’s Day she prepared personalized gifts from the children to their mothers. In Spring, Benson put together hundreds of Easter Baskets and organized volunteers to assemble Mother’s Day gift bags.  Every Fall, she and her teenage son hold a Halloween costume drive and during the holidays she has organized co-workers, family members and friends to adopt families for Christmas.  If that wasn’t enough, last year she joined the fundraiser advisory board and works passionately to involve and educate others about homeless issues and stewardship activities.


Jessica Cruz, Case Manager at CCH says, “Rynae’s support and endless hours of volunteerism has given hope to women and children that have had none. Rynae is a beautiful person and has touched so many hearts and changed countless lives.  She is very kind, selfless, and generous and Colette’s Children’s Home staff and client’s appreciate all that she does.”
Benson, who has worked for Verizon’s Legal Department in Irvine, California for 17 years, first got involved with CCH as a New Year’s Resolution to give back to the community. “If it weren’t for the Verizon Foundation’s Matching Gifts program I don’t know if I would have ever gotten involved.  I always log my hours and CCH receives a $750 grant for my volunteer time”, said Benson.


The energy and enthusiasm she has towards helping others is contagious and has played a large role in her efforts to recruit other volunteers.  Now she has friends, family and colleagues participating and even engages the local high school and middle school students to get involved and earn credits toward their required community service hours.
To learn more about the Volunteer Matching Gifts program and how to submit your hours and/or matching gift request log on to:http://www.verizonfoundation.org/employee-retiree.
 

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