January Volunteer of the Month: Danielle Porche
As an account manager for major textile corporation CRDN, Danielle Porche spends her days assisting customers, some of whom seek the company’s service after their home or business has been damaged. She finds the work of helping others incredibly fulfilling, which explains why she also spends her time off volunteering for the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund.
She said, “It’s important for communities to come together and realize that heroes lose their lives every day. Through support, love and a little effort we can help ease the pain for these families.”
Since 2011, Danielle has volunteered at signature events like the LAFD Invitational golf tournament, the Lane Kemper Softball Classic, Hope for Firefighters and at other fundraisers such as the new El Coyote Firefighter Salsa Competition. She even sells raffle tickets and helps out in the charity’s office.
“Having a grandfather as a firefighter has inspired me to partake in charities benefiting the families of firefighters,” she said. “It also gives me a chance to give back to the department and say thank you to the men and women who every day risk their lives to keep the city safe.”
While she enjoys each event, the Hope for Firefighters event stands out. With its live music, delicious meals prepared by more than 25 different LAFD fire stations, fire apparatus and demonstrations, LAFD gift merchandise booth, and firefighter Muster Games, it’s easy to see why.
“It’s amazing how (thousands of) people attend this event and are supporting our local fire department and charities,” she said. “It’s a fun-filled day for the whole family to come out and enjoy.”
Danielle says volunteering gives her a wonderful feeling and thinks others who volunteer feel the same. “I truly believe the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund is one charity worth your while,” she said. “It’s rewarding and gratifying knowing that by volunteering my time; I’m saving a family in need.”
If you’d like to volunteer, sign up online.
By David Vienna