We all recognize volunteering is a wonderfully kind donation of a person’s time to a good cause. But one Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) volunteer, Gloria Rezek, feels that she gets as much out of it as she puts in.
Her devotion to volunteering began by supporting all kinds of school groups, including acting as the scout leader for both her son and daughter's scout troops. Though her charitable work doesn’t stop there! In her spare hours, Gloria knits and crochets baby blankets that she donates to new mothers living in a women’s shelter.
It was five years ago after attending a BCHD Social Hour event that she signed up as a ‘Front Desk Volunteer’ at BCHD's administrative offices on Del Amo Street in Redondo Beach.
Since that day, Gloria spends four hours volunteering every Tuesday morning at BCHD's front desk. She completes a variety of tasks, including answering the telephone, helping out with Blue Zones Project events and more.
Gloria’s supervisor BCHD Administrative Services Managaer Valerie Lee shared her thoughts on the great work Gloria provides. “Gloria is always willing to help with any administrative task, no matter how challenging it may be. She is a quick learner and provides excellent customer service to anyone who visits the office or calls for assistance. Our staff really appreciate Gloria, and she always has a smile on her face! She is definitely one of our sweetest volunteers!”
Ever selfless, Gloria feels her purpose is fulfilled through the time she gives to BCHD. It’s a recognized fact that giving to others can reduce stress, combat depression and keep you mentally stimulated. Gloria agrees. For her, volunteering keeps her both physically and mentally healthy.
She explains, “I’ve always loved volunteering because I find that it helps me to grow mentally; the Blue Zones Project has taught me how to live a healthier life. I’m now far more aware of healthy living, eating well and exercising regularly. Incorporating the ethos of the Blue Zones Project into my life is the highlight of my volunteering. The administrative office is also a wonderfully positive environment to work in and has proven to be a positive contribution to my life.”
What little time Gloria has to herself, she spends cooking recipes from around the world and gardening. She also volunteers at the Riviera Garden Club; a non-profit philanthropic organization of amateur gardeners. All her work in planting, potting and preparing plants for the annual plant sale raises money for many causes.