Marta is a native of the Coachella Valley. She graduated from Indio High School, attended College of the Desert and graduated with two Associate of Arts with High Honor Roll. Marta is currently attending California State University, San Bernardino where she is a part of the honors program of Psychology. She plans to attend College of the Desert again for a few semesters to complete a few courses that she will need to be able to apply to medical school. Marta would like to go to medical school to become a neurologist.
Marta’s parents had a big family, Marta has one brother and three sisters. They grew up in the low-income apartments down the street from MVK. When it was time for the holidays, they did not have money to buy many presents, so her parents used to take them to MVK to get presents.
“That is something that we would look forward to because it brought joy to us that we were able to have a few gifts even if we were living in poverty. We also got to enjoy a holiday meal as a family, which was a plus to the presents. Bringing joy to people during the holidays is something that is so valuable when the living situations are not the best,” says Marta.
“My experiences at MVK have always been positive. The staff and volunteers are always kind, and it was the same experience of friendliness when I used to go there as a child and now as a volunteer,” says Marta.
When asked why she chose Martha’s to give back to, Marta replied “I am interested in volunteering at MVK because I am aware of the many great services that it provides. It goes above and beyond to provide services to people living in the community, and to help the current MVK residents find permanent housing. I am taking a community psychology class, and that was the push I needed to realize that it does not matter how busy of a schedule one has because one can always find time to volunteer.”
“MVK makes it extremely easy to volunteer, even when you have a busy schedule”, she continues. “I talked to a couple of volunteers at MVK and they told me they had been helping for years. I always thought I had to wait to become stable in a career to be a contributing volunteer, but now that I am volunteering I realize that is not true; anyone can volunteer. Therefore, I do want to continue volunteering at MVK because I truly believe it is a great nonprofit organization.”
Marta would like to continue her career and stay local. She wants to give back to the community she resided in through all the tough times. Marta wants to continue helping.
“What I truly hope to bring to MVK is hope to the adults and the children, who are going through similar situations that I underwent when I was child. I want to be able to pursue my career, so that they know it is possible even when it does not feel like it will be.”
Martha’s Village and Kitchen is very happy and excited to have such wonderful volunteers, day in and day out. This is exactly what our organization is for, giving back to our community. If you would like to help change lives, please contact our Community Relations Coordinator at 760-347-4741 ext 128 or click here