Bilingual Volunteer Makes a Difference by Assisting in Communication with Spanish-Speaking Community


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Jennifer Balderas has been volunteering with Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington & Northern Idaho for nearly six years. In addition to being a Troop Leader and Service Unit Sales Manager for Kennewick, Washington, she also lends her talents and giving-heart to help break down the language barriers that can hinder Spanish-speaking families in our local communities from enrolling their girls in Girl Scouts. On December 4, 2015 Balderas represented GSEWNI as a collaborating partner in the seventh annual Viernes Gigante Latino family resource event that aims to increase awareness and utilization of community resources. "I think it's a wonderful event and a great opportunity for parents to be informed of the resources available for their children," said Balderas.

Aside from lending her time to assist in communication with Spanish-speaking families, Balderas has also inspired and supported her troop members to give back on a continual basis. "I am a firm believer in community service," she remarked. Troop 3519 has volunteered with Meals on Wheels for three consecutive years during Thanksgiving break. Moreover, after tornadoes caused massive destruction in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 2011, Balderas and her girls held a yard sale and donated the proceeds to Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama. "It is an honor and a privilege to serve and have a hand in a program such as Girl Scouts," Balderas continued, "serving is what we do best!"

Balderas thanks her husband and two children for all the love and support they have given her over the years. She would do nearly anything for her family and attributes her passion, devotion and capacity of generosity to those that motivate and encourage her. Upon reflection of her charitable nature Balderas mentioned, "I am a kidney and pancreas transplant recipient for seven years. It has been a long road and has had its ups and downs. But, I grew in Girl Scouts and Girl Scouts grew in me."

If you'd like to highlight a volunteer that has gone above and beyond in their efforts, contact Kaley Eakin at keakin@gsewni.org.