Tag: National Volunteer Week

April 11, 2019

Today’s National Volunteer Week spotlight honors Jeff Savage, who has served as Treasurer of CLUES’ Board of Directors since November 2013.

He brings a wealth of experience to the Board and to how we operate, contributing his financial acumen and knowledge of strategic communications, management, economic development and more to every board meeting. When Jeff joined the CLUES Board, we were operating at a significant deficit, and Jeff was instrumental in guiding CLUES leadership to move the operations from deficits to consistent operating profits each year. Jeff also provided great leadership in CLUES securing $7.5 million in financing for our St. Paul Headquarters expansion project, which included securing a $2,184,000 New Market Tax Credit. Jeff’s strong work ethic drives him to serve on every committee and spend many hours a month, aside from his duties on the Board, providing guidance to CLUES staff.

Here’s what Jeff had to say about what CLUES means to him: “CLUES means family. From day one, I felt immediately welcomed and included by everyone at CLUES. The advancement of family is completely ingrained in the culture and a key priority of CLUES.

CLUES is honored to have such dedicated members on the Board like Jeff Savage. Thank you for all you do, Jeff and all our volunteers for their service!

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April 10, 2019

Some of the first words that come to mind when thinking about Giselle are reliable, genuine and fun! Giselle is committed and passionate to the community, which is evident in her volunteer work. She is willing to support in any area and with any program or event that CLUES has. She is always very active during her shifts and is helps make events less stressful – most definitely an asset to the staff and the organization as a whole! Giselle is fun, timely, and efficient and very deserving of this recognition. We love Giselle at CLUES and we are so happy that she chooses to spend her free time serving with us!


Here’s what Giselle had to say about what CLUES means to her: “CLUES is not only a place where the Latino population can come in for resources, it is a community with amazing employees and volunteers who are more than willing to help you in any way they can. CLUES is a family where everyone is welcomed and a place I am proud to be a part of.”


Thank you to Giselle and all our volunteers for your incredible service!


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April 9, 2019

Today’s volunteer in the spotlight is Samuel Parker! Samuel is an AmeriCorps Volunteer and CLUES Opportunity Navigator through the Minnesota Opportunity Corps, and he also goes above and beyond by volunteering his time to support many CLUES events throughout the year. He is always willing to help out wherever he can and does so with enthusiasm and a huge smile.


Here’s what Samuel had to say about what CLUES means to him: “CLUES is a model of unity and human dignity, a place where people work with, not against, one another. It is a rich community built on the hard work of clients and staff alike. People come to CLUES for a lot of reasons, but perhaps the most valuable thing I take home at the end of each day is a renewed feeling of hope.”


We are lucky to have him as part of the CLUES family! Thank you to Samuel and all our volunteers for your incredible service!
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April 8, 2019

This week, April 7-13, is National Volunteer Week! Each day we’ll be sharing about the wonderful volunteers who make our work possible.

Today’s volunteer in the spotlight is Esther Cortez! Esther is committed to supporting the Youth in Action (YA!) Program and CLUES in so many ways! She not only is an amazing mentor but also has been key in connecting Land O’Lakes’ Amigos group with CLUES. In addition to that, she organizes groups of volunteers for CLUES events, helps lead corporate visits for the YA! students connect us with funding and is an amazing role model for our students.

Here’s what Esther had to say about what CLUES means to her: “CLUES represents my family, the people in my life that have worked so hard so that I could have a successful future. They focus not just on developing the Latino community, but also on being the support that some may not have. Latino power will drive the American economy in the years to come, and I want to help in developing our Latino leaders and growing our community together!”

Thank you for all you do, Esther! Stay tuned throughout the week for more volunteer spotlights.

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