Volunteer Spotlight: Nesreen Abu Khalaf Aug 13, 2020 | 12:56am
At the center of TABLE’s successes are our volunteers. Without their dedication to the work they do for us and their devotion to TABLE’s mission, we wouldn’t be able to consistently provide for the kids in our community.
Meet Nesreen. She is a sophomore at UNC Chapel Hill studying Computer Science and has been volunteering with TABLE since the Fall of 2016. Volunteering up to eight hours a week through her internship, Nesreen assists with a variety of administrative tasks, projects, leads a volunteer shift each week and oversees some of TABLE’s kid’s shifts. With her infectious smile and unwavering commitment, we couldn’t be happier to have her as part of team TABLE!
How did you learn about TABLE?
I was introduced to TABLE through the Bonner Leadership Program at UNC. Bonner connects students to community partner sites to work with throughout your four years of undergrad. We toured local non-profits across Chapel Hill and Carrboro to learn about them and I chose TABLE during the orientation because I loved TABLE’s mission, work, and atmosphere.
What shifts do you typically volunteer for?
I usually lead the Monday Kid’s Shift along with occasional weekend group shifts.
What is your favorite part about volunteering with TABLE?
My favorite part is getting to meet and work with new volunteers regularly. Everyone is so passionate about helping the community and the enthusiasm of the volunteers is contagious!
I also love watching kids in the Kid’s Shift tackling tasks with all their might. They sincerely want to help; it’s adorable and heart-warming.
As a sophomore at UNC, what are you studying?
I’m majoring in Computer Science. I hope to someday be able to use software engineering to build programs that assist non-profits in running their processes and maximizing their impact!
What other organizations are you involved with? Any hobbies?
Off-campus, I work with the Refugee Community Partnership in Carrboro as the Arabic Family Liaison. On campus, I’m VP of Students Organize for Syria, and a member of several organizations including the UNC Muslim Student Association, the UNICEF at UNC PR and Design committee, and the Women in Computer Science club.
If you could name a fun fact about yourself, what would it be?
I have four sisters and a brother so I’m from quite a big family! Also, I’m Palestinian but I grew up constantly moving between Amman, Jordan, and North Carolina. In total, I lived about 7 years in Amman!
What’s your favorite fresh food?