Meet Leonard, the T.E.A.L.®-nominated Volunteer of the Month for April!
Leonard has been volunteering with Tell Every Amazing Lady® since 2015, when he was a student at Brooklyn College and heard about the foundation at a health fair. His friend was a volunteer with T.E.A.L.® and was tabling at the event.
“They told me about T.E.A.L.® and volunteering to contribute to the mission, and I was definitely intrigued. From there, I went to a volunteer meeting, and they were talking about volunteering for the walk and I was sold from there.”
He’s now a regular at volunteer events, including the annual Luna Park Coney Island Parachute Jump lighting, and has not missed a Brooklyn T.E.A.L.® Walk/Run since his first in 2015. He also volunteered at the 10 Years of Amazing Gala at the Brooklyn Museum in 2018.
At the T.E.A.L.® Walk, Leonard is usually in the Pre-Registration Booth, and helps out in the Volunteer Both as well. His favorite part of volunteering at the Walk is being helpful.
“For those who know me, I’m a people person. I get to be that friendly face, helping with registration, directing traffic, telling them where they’re supposed to be.”
Leonard has always enjoyed volunteering, taking part in at least one event at Brooklyn College each semester he was a student. He says donating his time gives him a sense of being of service to others.
His favorite part of volunteering with T.E.A.L.®, other than contributing to its mission, is working with the staff and other volunteers.
“They play a big role in whether people want to volunteer their time, and everyone there is loving it, welcoming with open arms. It’s an organization that is looking to make a difference in the best possible way.”