Please help us welcome our newest fall programs intern, Hunter! He is currently a 4th-year undergraduate at UCLA, majoring in Global Studies and minoring in Entrepreneurship. When he was in high school, Hunter volunteered at SFC and is glad to be back. Hunter will be interning with us on Tuesdays and Thursdays, assisting with data entry and helping us run the brunch and pantry programs!
Please keep reading to get to know Hunter!
Tell us more about your background.
I am in a family of 4 (father, mother, younger brother), and my grandfather lives with us and I have lived in West Los Angeles all my life. I went to high school at Loyola High School and am currently a 4th-year undergraduate at UCLA. I am majoring in Global Studies and minoring in Entrepreneurship.
Where did you work before SFC?
Most recently, I have been interning at the UCLA School of Law as a Research Assistant for empirical law. I am also an assistant instructor for Sawtelle Judo Dojo and the UCLA Club Judo team.
How did you hear about SFC?
I volunteered at SFC during two Urban Plunges in high school and found the internship opportunity on UCLA Handshake.
“SFC offers diverse programs such as family, senior, and youth services that aim not only to assist but also to uplift those in need. I feel that, in this way, SFC becomes a home for many who do not have one, and that in itself is what ‘serves hope’ to the community.”
Why did you want to intern here? What specific skills are you excited to bring to your position at SFC?
I needed internship credit to complete the Capstone requirement for the Entrepreneurship Minor, so I decided to look for an internship with a strong social cause. Homelessness is one of the most severe problems in LA, and having lived in LA all my life, I want to give back to the community while gaining hands-on experience in business development and the operations of non-profits.
I hope to apply what I have learned in social entrepreneurship and other management classes to help improve SFC’s ability to impact the LA community. I am also excited to interact with the people SFC serves by applying and further developing my communication and organizational skills.
What about our mission appeals to you?
I appreciate how SFC recognizes that effectively serving the homeless and extremely low income population of LA involves so much more that just giving out food. SFC offers diverse programs such as family, senior, and youth services that aim not only to assist but also to uplift those in need. I feel that, in this way, SFC becomes a home for many who do not have one, and that in itself is what “serves hope” to the community.
What are some of your favorite pastimes?
I enjoy judo, playing the guitar and piano, going to the beach, listening to music, and playing video games.
What is your hope for the future of SFC and our community?
While I do hope that SFC can expand its operations in order to reach more people in the community, I also understand that scaling is difficult, especially for small non-profits. There are many organizations and services in the LA/Skid Row area, from government-based to private, and I personally feel that increasing collaborative efforts with these outlets can more effectively rehabilitate homeless populations. That way, small non-profits can extend their reach in the community without being spread too thin with over-diversified programs or low funding. Thus, I hope that SFC can be integral part of a “homeless-serving community” in LA that collaborates in providing homeless people with easy access to all the services they need.
Help us welcome Hunter! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up and volunteer with us!