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Heart In Motion has provided lots of opportunities for me to give back to my community. This organization provides so many fun and engaging events to volunteer at and it has been a blast volunteering with them. One of the most memorable events I've gone to was my first event: Nike Women's Half Marathon. I met so many new friends that I still talk to. It was one of my first experiences volunteering and being able to see the smiles on the participants' faces was very rewarding. I've also grown tremendously from their leadership program. I've gained so much experience with working in a team and communicating in a professional work environment.
Heart in Motion has played a huge impact on my life and continues to do so everyday. Through this organization, I have learned many valuable skills such as working with Google docs and working with other people. I also enjoy volunteering at the events as it provides a wonderful opportunity for me to hang out with my friends outside of school. Everyone in the organization is kind and I have been able to make many new friends.
by Melissa W. from San Francisco, CA
Heart in Motion is a great organization. I've been volunteering with them for several years now and in that time, I've met lots of wonderful people, including some of my closest friends. With HIM, volunteering is fun, something to look forward to. They offer so many events and there's a nice variety among them. You could volunteer at the finish line of a marathon one weekend and then at SF Food Bank the next. Heart in Motion also takes care of their volunteers and you can see that through the volunteers’ dedication and enthusiasm. It’s such a pleasure to work alongside them. Whether it be rain or shine, 5AM or 5 PM, you can count on their volunteers to not only be there, but to also be eager to help. Volunteering with Heart in Motion has helped instill within me an appreciation for community service and helping others.
Heart in Motion is literally the place where I’ve met some of the most amazing, inspiring people ever as well as where I pretty much met all of my best friends. This organization joins students from all over the Bay Area at volunteer events and because you aren't volunteering with just those from your own school, but those from a wide range of schools throughout the Bay Area, you always get to meet someone new and someone you probably wouldn't get to talk to on a daily basis. None of us really knew each other before, and we didn’t even go to the same schools, but after working with them at volunteer events, we’ve built a strong friendship between us. Through these volunteer events, I’ve really made “friendships which last a lifetime.” I really want to say that Heart in Motion was kind of a starting point for me to open up to others and start getting involved.
I would most definitely recommend joining Heart In Motion. They are the most organized volunteer organization you can find, and provide a huge range of events to choose from, due to their outstanding reputation among event organizers. I started volunteering as an HIMer in my freshman year in high school, and it's been an amazing experience. I've met so many amazing people, and have learned things about my community that I never would've known of before. Everyone is always filled with charisma, and it's amazing how helping other people can lift your own spirits. Seeing the smiles on the event-goers' faces make all of the hard work worth it, and have made me discover the joys of volunteering. Heart In Motion has become a huge part of my life, and I'll definitely continue to volunteer with them for years to come.