Volunteer Spotlight on Patrizia Trapasso

Volunteer Spotlight on Patrizia Trapasso

National Volunteer Week, which is from April 15-21, is a time to celebrate and thank our volunteers for all that they do. This year’s theme is to celebrate the value of volunteering- building confidence, competence, connections and community.

We asked Patrizia to tell us what her “aha” moment about United Way was; this is what she said:

"I participated in an United Way event whereby the leader of the event created a real life opportunity for individuals to experience what it would be like to live in poverty. Each person was given sum of money to last them the month to care for their family and themselves. We were given scenarios where we had to purchase or pay for specific items. My items included: pay for hydro $100, child needs new winter boots $50, gas for car $50, rent $900, groceries $250, phone bill $100, child is sick and I miss a day of work, monthly salary is $1000 and I don't have enough to pay for my needs. What do I do. Do I not pay for my hydro? It's the middle of winter. I need gas in my car. This really hit me hard as I was struggling to make ends meet and I knew I couldn't purchase the winter boots for my kids or pay my rent in full which meant I would probably get an eviction notice.

It is my mission to help families in need and ensure children have warm winter boots, clothing, a roof over their heads and bellies that are full.  Thank you United Way for supporting such wonderful causes and allowing me to be part of it.

We appreciate everything that you do Patrizia, and we are happy to dedicate this year’s National Volunteer Week to you!