Manuela Gutierrez Velez, the Event Coordinator for the University of Florida’s Children Beyond Our Borders Chapter, has joined in the fight against childhood cancer.
Manuela wants to raise $1,000 by March 17 for St. Baldtrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity that provides more funds for childhood cancer research grants than any other organization except the U.S. government. If she does so, she will shave her head to show her support for children with cancer who often lose their hair during treatment while also inspiring friends and family to donate to support life changing research.
She learned about St. Baldrick’s from a fellow CBOB volunteer, Dragana Tabaković, who also shaved her head in solidarity in 2013. Manuela’s passion for working with children and knowledge of how underfunded the research of childhood cancer has inspired her take on this challenge.
“I have spent the majority of my time the past couple of years volunteering with and serving children. Children have taught me more than I could have imagined and creating brighter futures for them motivates me every day,” said Manuela. “Having volunteered with children facing terminal illnesses has inspired me to raise funds for pediatric cancer research.”
Dragana is a CBOB alumnus who was the Volunteer Manager of the nonprofit last year. Shaving her head was on her bucket list, so when Andrea Ortega, the executive director, mentioned St. Baldrick’s fundraiser, she was eager to join.
“It was inexplicable. I could write a thesis on it,” Dragana said about her experience shaving her head. “I didn't have time to think about the hair or stage fright. It's an event that's so much bigger than one's self so you feel small, big, empowered, loved, invincible, stunning. It is to this day one of the best moments of my life.”
Click here to donate to support a fellow CBOBer in the fight against childhood cancer.
The holidays are in full swing and CBOB inc. is in the holiday spirit. In light of thanksgiving, everyone from every tier of CBOB inc. is thankful. We are thankful for this incredible organization that lets us service others, and watch our impact first hand. This post is dedicated to share what you are grateful for in 2015. Here are a few words from our very own CBOB members:
"I am thankful for so many things in my life! First, I'm thankful for the safety and health of all my loved ones. Also, I am incredibly thankful to be part of the CBOB family. I have learned so much and made many new friends. It has truly been a blessing for me." - Daniela Bulla, VIP intern.
"I'm thankful for my family, friends, and loved ones that are constantly supporting and encouraging me. I am also thankful for all the opportunities and new experiences I have had this year. I am thankful for the opportunity to attend the University of Florida and be able to expand my knowledge and education. I am also thankful for having found CBOB as it has brought many great people, experiences, and opportunities. I am thankful for the opportunities that CBOB has given me to challenge myself and grow as an individual and as a professional. I am also thankful for all the experiences it has given me to try new things, learn from my mistakes, experience different cultures, and meet different people, all with different views of the world." - Tati Paz, Volunteer Manager.
Here is a video of our very own IAMCBOB scholar, Yosimar Palacios on what he is thankful for this year.
Comment below what you are thankful for this year.
On Monday, November 16th, the University of Florida (UF) chapter of Children Beyond Our Borders, Inc. held its first annual Hunger Awareness Day (H.A.D.). This initiative helped bring awareness to the approximately 793 million people who are undernourished around the world. About 40 students challenged themselves to only eat one cup of rice and drink one bottle of water for the entire day to stand in solidarity with those who are suffering from food insecurity in the United States and abroad. They tabled on campus, explaining their cause to students who walked by and encouraging them to join in their challenge.
“This event was very different from anything we have ever done before. Normally, we want as many people as possible to participate in our events but when people didn’t participate in this event, it proved our cause even more. People didn’t want to participate because it was going to be “too hard” or “torture” - and that is exactly the point we were trying to make,” Alexa Moore, President of the UF chapter.
We are so proud of our UF chapter for taking the extra step to challenge not only themselves, but also their whole campus to live a day in the lives of those who are less fortunate.
Have you #HADenough?
Our Volunteer Internship Program would not be possible without the dedications of Tati Paz, the Volunteer Manager, and Andrea Ortega, the Executive Director. They are the backbone of CBOB’s Volunteer Internship Program.
Andrea started the VIP Program two years ago with three interns, and she has watched the program get better and better each semester through learning and leading the interns and CBOB. Finding interns that “make it happen” and desire to learn has allowed Andrea to teach the necessary skills to be successful in this internship so that CBOB can thrive, and the interns can develop and grow skills that will ensure a successful future for themselves.
“My job is the best. I get to be there for every position which I love. At one point, I had been every job so now seeing the team working cohesively makes me feel like I got people who have my back and I hope they feel the same from me! I get to oversee all programs, decisions and anything CBOB,” said Andrea about her experience as Executive Director for CBOB.
Tati oversees all of the Standard Operation interns by providing them with the tools, knowledge and support to perform their tasks to the best of their ability. She meets with the interns weekly over Google Hangouts to provide feedback and prepare them for their next tasks. Her favorite part about being the Volunteer Manager is collaborating with the interns on their ideas to help them implement them.
“I have grown so much by working for CBOB. CBOB feels like a big family in which there is constant love and support, making you feel like there's nothing you cannot accomplish. My leadership skills are probably what have developed the most. I think my professionalism and public speaking have also improved considerably. Leading meetings, running events, brainstorming ideas, working as a team, and contacting outside businesses in a professional manner become second nature. I believe that after working for CBOB, I am much better equipped to enter the workforce,” Tati said about her experience as Volunteer Manager for CBOB.
If you’d like to join the family, please apply by December 4th at www.chbob.org/apply!
The Volunteer Internship Program allows for students to get involved with an international nonprofit through a hands-on experience. As an intern for Children Beyond Our Borders, you have the opportunity to learn and develop skills that make you stand out while also being apart of the CBOB family. The CBOB family has hundreds of prior interns and volunteers all around the world working in a variety of industries who you can connect with. The overall goal of the VIP program is to empower and encourage our interns to enable them for a successful future.