Anshei Greensboro: Rachel Villalba

Our lovely Anshei Greensboro this month is Rachel Villalba! Rachel is a 2020 JFS Volunteer of the Year and we are so excited to share parts of her story.

Why Federation?
I first learned about Federation when my children were very little. We were invited to two programs that year and they inspired me to want to be more involved. The first program was put on by Betsy Gamburg, and she asked families to shop for the food pantry while also teaching young children how to sort food. The second program encouraged children earning an allowance to divide their money into three separate banks each week and “spend” some, “save” some, and “give” some.  Both programs talked about tikkun olam and their message meant so much to our family that I knew I needed to be more involved! 

What inspires and drives you?
I am inspired by those who continue to push themselves to make a difference in the lives of others after experiencing devastation and hardships. I am driven by my desire to teach by example and hope that someday my children will give back to people in their community because they know that is something their mom and dad deeply valued. 

What do you love about volunteering with JFS and Federation?
Volunteering with JFS and Federation has provided me with so many life-long benefits. I have met friends of all ages through volunteering, made connections in the greater community, gained self-confidence to try new things, and modeled for my children how important it is to give back to those in need. I'd always heard that “the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others” (Mahatma Gandhi) and I believe these words to be true. 

If you could have any superpower what would it be?  
I would like to clone myself to be multiple places at once. There are so many opportunities every day to volunteer and help others, be a part of boards that make decisions to better the community, speak out for those who are marginalized and under-represented, and so much more. I would love to be able to work, drive my children to all of their afterschool commitments, make a family dinner, and partake in the opportunities mentioned above without missing anything!

Thank you, Rachel, for all you do for our community.