Volunteer Spotlight: Rayane Azevedo
Our work at CWEALF wouldn’t be possible without help from dedicated interns and volunteers. Every year, volunteers donate over 1,200 hours to our organization. Our volunteers work on anything from helping at STEM Expos, writing blogs, tracking legislative bills, taking photos at events, or answering our Information and Referral (I&R) line. Keep checking our website to meet more of our amazing volunteers! To see past volunteers, visit our blog!
Rayane joined CWEALF in 2014 and volunteers her time to our Information and Referral line. Hear what she has to say about her experience!
Q: Where are you from?
I am originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, and I am currently living in Hartford, Connecticut.
Q: How did you hear about CWEALFand what made you decide to volunteer with us?
I was looking for an organization where I could volunteer helping the community, gain experience in the legal field, and one that offered a flexible schedule. After meeting with my adviser at Bay Path University who mentioned the Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund, I went on your website and thought that the organization was exactly what I was looking for.
Q: What are you learning from this experience so far?
I have been learning that the most valuable skills you can bring to any volunteer work are compassion, an open mind, a willingness to do whatever is needed, and a positive attitude. Besides, this experience is giving me the opportunity to practice and develop my social skills.
Q: Tell us the best thing that’s happened to you while volunteering.
The best thing is when I hear, “Thank you for your help” on the other end of the line. I feel accomplished and engaged to learn more.
Q: So, what’s the future hold for you?
As a student studying Business Administration with a concentration in Paralegal Studies , volunteering on the I&R line is extremely helpful to my career. My goal is attend law school when I finish my bachelors program, and be able to help the community with legal services.
Q: Aside from being an awesome volunteer, tell us a fun fact about yourself!
I love cinema! I studied foreign film a few years ago, and when I feel overwhelmed, or just need to relax, I watch foreign movies. French movies are my favorite—their art and creativity fascinate me. The Fabulous Destiny of Amelie Poulain is a great example that I can relate to volunteering; it tells the story of a shy waitress who decides to change the lives of those around her for the better. How does she do that? Well, it’s something that you will find out by watching it (smiles).
Q: What would you say to someone who is thinking about volunteering with CWEALF?
CWEALF is a great organization to volunteer for! I am thankful for having found such a wonderful place with amazing people dedicated to empowering women in our community. It is a very professional environment, and the staff is always committed to providing great resources. My volunteer experience at CWEALF even lead me to a job at a law firm!
Thank you for your commitment to equal justice, Rayane!