Today, we are celebrating our wonderful volunteers during National Volunteer Appreciation Week. While we thank our volunteers, this week also serves as a reminder of the power of working together to better our communities. KID is a small organization, and we owe so much of our success to the strength and dedication of our volunteers.

Meet a few of the fantastic volunteers who have worked with KID in the past year:

Javier Poderos: I’m Javier, a 24-year-old student from Spain who came to the United States to improve my English. After five months in this country I have to thank Kids In Danger for giving me the chance to work as an volunteer on this incredible project. Before coming here I studied international trade, but it is a pleasure to be part of a nonprofit whose focus is safe products for kids and to help parents and grandparent choose the safe products. This is a very good experience. I hope to learn more about nonprofits because they do a really good job.

Jesenia Zoquiapa-Guerrero: I’m a first generation college student, planning on graduating from Northern Illinois University in the spring of 2017. I am majoring in Sociology, minoring in Spanish and Latin and Latino American Studies and getting a certificate in Criminology. After graduation I hope to work for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and in a few years attend law school. I am passionate about giving back to the community and will continue to volunteer even after I have a full time job. I’m excited to work with KID in promoting child safety.

Yuim Lee: I was so excited when my friend introduced me the volunteer position with KID. At KID, I worked on translating KID materials from English to Japanese and Korean. I’m glad to have had this translating experience because I am thinking about changing careers to become a translator. Using languages is one of my strong skills. This experience helped me improve my English more than class or school. Through the translations, I learned how many recalled products are used by consumers and how many kids die because of dangerous products. KID plays an important role in saving children from dangerous products, and I am glad to have worked with them, even though my term was short.

If you are looking for one-time or ongoing volunteer opportunities, look no further than KID! We are currently seeking volunteers to join our summer team and for assistance during our annual Best Friend Awards Night. Click here for more information about these opportunities, and email us if you have any questions. We would love to add you to the KID family.