Sara Hooker gives back to get involved: A VolunteerMatch story of engagement & social change

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Sara Hooker gives back to get involved: A VolunteerMatch story of engagement & social change

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Sarah's story: Raised in HIV-ravaged Swaziland, she found that giving back breaks down barriers: http://3bl.me/bss6pa (via @vmconnect)
Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 10:00am

CAMPAIGN: VolunteerMatch Stories of Engagement and Social Change

CONTENT: Press Release

(3BLMedia/theCSRfeed) July 29, 2010 - Growing up in Swaziland, where one in four adults has HIV, Sara Hooker was aware from a young age how some communities face extraordinary challenges. As she become active as a volunteer, she realized that she was not only solving problems – she was growing as a person, too.

The disease is a serious threat not only to the country's economic growth, but to its social stability too.  And so with the specter of collapse in the background of daily life, Sara grew up in a society where opportunities to get involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS were everywhere.

During high school, Sara volunteered to teach English to children orphaned by HIV and AIDS. It was her first act of direct service to others. It not only gave her the chance to use her own education and experience as a platform to help others, she was quickly overturning her own ignorance about HIV infection.

"For the first time, I started to seriously think about volunteering and using my time to give back," she says.

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Keywords: AIDS | Engagement | HIV | Service | Social Change | Swaziland | VolunteerMatch | changemaker | give back | volunteer

CAMPAIGN: VolunteerMatch Stories of Engagement and Social Change

CONTENT: Press Release

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