Inclusive Voices: Volunteer, Self-Advocate & Soccer Fan Celebrates #InclusionWorks

By Sunrise Group on November 14, 2016

Inclusive Voices is a series of featured guest bloggers, including but is not limited to self-advocates, family members, Sunrise Board members, volunteers and other vocal advocates for people with disabilities. The independent, personal and unique views expressed here are meant to reflect the diversity of the greater disabilities community. We hope you will join us to help focus on all people, their talents, skills and accomplishments.

Please keep in mind that the views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Sunrise Community, Inc. and/or any of our affiliates. All bloggers are guests stating personally held opinions.

Guest Blogger: By Hector Valencia,

In my first week working for Sunrise Community Inc., I was nervous, I didn't know what to expect. I used to work for a disability office in Utah. I worked there for seven years helping their advisors to complete tasks, so they can have a work flow very smoothly. Although I was new this week in Sunrise Community, the staff treated me very well. They are willing to work with you. They find different ways to accommodate the volunteer me. So that we can have a work experience much better and more comfortable. They are willing to help you in what you need.

In my first day, I did some stamping on some cards for the office staffers. It was kind of a difficult challenging task, but not too bad. I was trying to get them straight as much as I could, but even though, some of them were not so good. But I did some right. On the same day, one of my bosses asked me to do some research on the computer, so I can learn more about the office. I am learning how to do grants, so I can help them to write some grants in the future. My boss was very good to me, as she explained the process of requesting grants. I still have a lot to learn.

On the second day, one of the staffers ask me to help with inventory - count some supplies from some boxes. It was good task for me because I had to count the supply one by one, and put them in the other box. On the third day, I continued counting the supplies because I didn't finish the day before. As I continued, I realized that I was counting the supplies more effectively and more smoothly. I love helping as much as I can, even though it gets hard sometimes to do things, my bosses and I always brainstorm ideas for me to do things, so I can help as much as I can in the office.