Samantha Castaneda

Casteneda-001Sam has volunteered at The Boys and Girls Club, Girls to Women, Canopy and Ecumenical Hunger in Palo Alto. She has also volunteered at Lytton Gardens retirement home. Sam seems to embody the spirit of volunteerism by inspirationally bringing her greatest love and strength, art, to service. With art she has enabled communication with adults suffering from Alzheimer’s, and with young girls at the Boys and Girls Club and Girls to Women. Sam sees volunteering as an opportunity to learn about the lives of others, while simultaneously enriching those lives. She emerges from her efforts better sensitized and able to work her magic on her next service group.  Sam, although she has survived her personal struggles with parental illness and economic hardship, proves that giving the best and most beautiful of yourself truly enriches others.