Volunteer Spotlight: Steven Smailes
“Hope.” That’s the first word that comes to Steven Smailes’ mind when he thinks about the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara. Steven’s daughter was the first person in the Smailes family to get involved – she started volunteering at CscVvsb events as a way to make a difference in her community while working toward her service hours for school. When Molly Buck, a contact of Steven’s and an avid supporter of CscVvsb, invited him to be a volunteer greeter for the 2014 Holiday Homes Tour, he said yes – “and loved it,” he recalls.
After a great experience volunteering for the Holiday Homes Tour (one of the largest fundraisers of the year for CscVvsb), he has already signed up for this year’s tour, and he is a volunteer member of the committee organizing the Casino Night fundraiser on July 18th, 2015. “We are really committed to making Casino Night a fun time for all, while raising money for an organization that does so much for the local area,” says Steven.
“For me, the best part of volunteering is knowing that what I’m doing is helping others and seeing friends who have survived cancer at the events and how happy it makes them,” says Steven, who lost his mother and several aunts to cancer.
Steven’s advice for anyone on the fence about signing up to be a volunteer is, “Do it. The feelings you experience and the feelings of those you help makes you feel so good and positive.”
To learn how you can become a volunteer, click here.
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