My parents, who were doctors, worked with UNICEF for many years. I have always had a passion around the protection and empowerment of women and children, which aligned so well with the mission of UNICEF. It was a big jump from trick or treating for UNICEF as a child to working with their board, but it felt like a natural next step. Every time that UNICEF jumps into a crisis from protecting migrant children or assisting child victims of war I feel like my work and resources have been put to good use.
Additionally, I lost a nephew to cancer and remember how the Ronald McDonald House helped him in his time of need. It put a smile on his face when he was in between radiation treatments. Volunteering to provide food, toys and comfort for families and their children in medical distress in Ronald McDonald houses feels like I am paying it forward in some small way and it brings a smile to my face.