With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous not only to the individual, and their family, but also to the community. Cecilia Garza believes in this motto and makes time to volunteer whether it be in a small or larger capacity, to give to others.
She not only enjoys volunteering at her daughter’s current elementary school with fundraising events in and outside of the classroom, but she has also held the position of Vice President of the PTA at Paul Revere Elementary School, in San Francisco.
However, one of her most dedicated endeavors the past several years has been as an advocate for social change and with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), Out of the Darkness Walks, held locally in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Her personal connection with this foundation is her beloved brother that she lost as a young adult to suicide. Her passion is to shed light on a topic of discussion that is too often unheard and misunderstood. She has walked to raise money for several years with the AFSP to bring awareness by preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and by reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide. For more information on the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), click here.