October HOPE Hero: Dan
About our HOPE Hero:
Dan was born in Sharon, Pa just outside of Pittsburgh, graduated from Saint Francis University with a degree in Sociology, and later earned a Masters in Hospital & Health Administration from Xavier University. Dan has been dedicated to supporting the mission of HOPE for 16 years and is the current Board Chairman for HOPE Family Services.
What have you learned while volunteering with HOPE?
The small things we can do for other people can really make a difference and have a big impact on the recipient.
What advice would you give to a future volunteer or employee?
Do not underestimate the impact you have on those around you.
What motivates you to volunteer with this organization?
We are a valuable community resource — our mission is to reach out and serve those who are in a difficult situation and need the loving help that only HOPE has the means to provide them.
Tell us about your most memorable accomplishment with this organization.
About 10 to 12 years ago, I lead a day-long retreat with the HOPE Staff where many of the ideas for today’s programs and facilities had their origin.
Describe the most incredible view you've ever seen
Wow, I have been fortunate to have so many: Looking out at the Great Wall of China, coming up on the menagerie of animals at a watering hole while on a photo safari in South Africa, schools of fish while diving, and always the view from my front porch looking in!
What would your pet say about you if we asked for a reference?
I always take time to share a kind word and to give a good pat on the neck.
What’s your pizza order?
Pepperoni, Mushrooms, Sausage, and Black Olives.
We truly appreciate all of your hard work and dedication to our mission!