Santa Maria Celebrates National Volunteer Month

by Lucienne Driehaus,
Volunteer Coordinator

In 2021, we had over 250 volunteers that helped us fulfill our mission to help the families we serve reach their educational, financial and health goals.

These generous people are from every walk of life, young students and more mature adults. They work in groups or on their own. They serve on our board and committees to make sure Santa Maria is doing what we promised in Price Hill. They help us maintain our properties, they tutor GED students, they work with youth, they distribute food to our community members, they work with our women’s group, they help bundle diapers for distribution, they make sure our health fairs are successful and on and on.

Pictured on the far left is Salma Fleifil, who said, “Volunteering at the Joe William’s Family Center is always a highlight of my week! The positive environment inspires a lot of good, and I am continuously amazed by the creativity it brings out. It is as much of a place where youth can have fun as it is a place where they can learn life skills that will help them in the future.”


Board member and Santa Maria volunteer, Ted Mitchel (pictured on the right), said, “I enjoy working with Santa Maria’s outstanding staff in any way I can help. I am especially impressed with how Santa Maria has changed its focus as the needs of the families of Price Hill have changed over the years and the way it partners with other agencies to make sure that the best service is provided to the community.”

You will hear from volunteers like Salma and Ted and many others during National Volunteer Week, April 17-23, 2022. We will be sharing their inspiration for volunteering on our social media channels. Be sure you’re following @SantaMariaCincy on your favorite social media network: Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Instagram | YouTube.

Finally, I want to give a special thanks to the following partners who provided volunteers last year:

  • Badin High School
  • Bick’s Driving School/Glenway Ave.
  • Colerain High School
  • Elder High School
  • Elementz
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Franciscan Ministries
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Mercy McAuley High School
  • Miami University
  • Mount Notre Dame High School
  • Mount Saint Joseph University
  • Northern Kentucky University
  • Notre Dame Academy
  • ProBono Partnership of Ohio
  • Procter & Gamble Hispanic Network
  • Seton High School
  • St. Ursula High School
  • St. Vincent de Paul
  • Sunrise Treatment Center
  • Tallawanda Middle School
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Ursuline High School
  • Walnut Hills High School
  • West Claremont High School
  • West Side Athletic Club
  • West Side Referral Organization
  • Xavier University

We couldn’t do what we do without these amazing people! Click here to learn about volunteering opportunities.