Evie Edwards is a one-of-a-kind individual, a woman whose many talents range from cyclocross biking to photography to parenting. When Edwards reflects on Volunteers for Youth, the first word that comes to her mind is “unique” a word that could just as easily apply to Edwards herself. As an Americorps Fellow with Volunteers for Youth from 2001 – 2003, Edwards became familiar with a number of different community agencies. What sets VFY apart for Edwards is the way the organization reflects the needs of the community rather than imposing its services onto the community. Edwards credits the encouraging culture of Volunteers for Youth with helping foster her creative nature, leading to her selection as the Americorps Fellow of the Year in 2002.
Living today in Baltimore with her husband Brian and eight-month-old daughter, Gemma, Edwards looks back fondly on her years at Volunteers for Youth. “Volunteers for Youth is so rooted in Orange County and, through the years, has managed to stay true to those roots while adapting to changes as they occur, all the time remaining true to the integrity of the organization. There is a real consistency of services with little turnover in staff and a staff that truly knows the people they serve and community stakeholders. Working with Volunteers for Youth and the relationships I developed there are things I will always treasure.”
Category: 30 Years