Why she won: Volunteer Outreach & Events Specialist (AmeriCorps VISTA) Molly Brooks greatly contributed to Mi Casa’s success in 2012. Molly’s extraordinary graphic design work substantially contributed to Mi Casa’s marketing and community visibility efforts, and her revamping of Mi Casa’s volunteer management program allowed Career Coaching volunteers to serve nearly 200 people in 2012. Molly also taught career readiness courses at Mi Casa’s North High School Neighborhood Center and supervised a high school intern. Mi Casa deeply appreciates Molly’s willingness to help with anything needed as well as her skill, effort, and passion for Mi Casa’s mission.
Background: As a Denver native, Molly became familiar with Mi Casa as a high school student and admired its practical approach to serving the community and helping families out of poverty. During this time, her mother started a nonprofit in Littleton, CO in a predominately Latino neighborhood.
Volunteering at her mother’s nonprofit cultivated a passion in Molly for Latino families and providing resources for underserved groups.
“In college, I majored in Spanish and sociology to develop a fluency in Spanish and gain a deeper understanding of the systemic issues facing low-income groups of people,” said Molly. “Working for Mi Casa gave me the perfect opportunity to combine my skills with my passions.”
Working for Mi Casa has been a “constantly rewarding experience” for Molly, who loves using her talents to positively impact the community.
“I’m proud to be part of such an innovative organization,” said Molly. “[And] I’m so inspired by the hardworking families we serve, and all that our program staff does in empowering [others] to reach their goals.”