Volunteering with a friend can be an incredibly rewarding experience that not only allows two people to share in a common mission, but allows them to see another side of each other and develop a deeper relationship.

DecVolunteerPairSince joining Girls Inc. in January 2011, Monica Rinas has been an advocate for Girls Inc. She encouraged her friend Lori Manning to apply in January of 2013, and they’ve been volunteering together since.

Why did you choose to volunteer with Girls Inc.?

Monica: “Girls Inc. programs help girls develop their self-esteem and give them the tools to become women of substance!”

Lori: “There are many challenges that girls face today–some are the same challenges I faced growing up. I couldn’t pass up the chance to help equip girls to meet those challenges. And, it’s fun!!”

What have you enjoyed about volunteering with a friend?

Lori: “It’s fun and in a busy fast paced world, I get a chance to spend time with Monica doing something meaningful. It strengthens our friendship and I continue to learn from Monica how to be a better person and facilitator.”

Share a tip for volunteer program facilitators about working as a team.

Monica: “Listen and be respectful to what your teammate has to offer. Embrace the opportunity to learn from another person’s experience. Everyone has something to contribute and often times you’ll find yourself a better facilitator because of their approach to the programs.

What have you learned through volunteering?

Lori: “Volunteering for Girls Inc. has made me much more aware of the challenges young girls face today, especially in the media. And in being more aware, I try to never miss an opportunity to ‘build up’ and encourage any young girls I may encounter in my day to day life.”

Monica: “Talk about Girls Inc. with other women. Usually your passion and commitment will spark an interest in them to inquire about how to become a part of this wonderful organization! As women, we all recognize the unique journey we must travel to become successful and independent women. What better way to “pass it forward” than to support a girls journey through Girls Inc.”

Have a friend, co-worker, or family member you would like to volunteer with? Encourage them to apply today!