GK Volunteer - Elijah Souza


Elijah

At Gerber Kawasaki we take pride in our team, not only for their daily professionalism and commitment to their work but also for their compassionate involvement in community causes that make a difference.

GK VOLUNTEER HIGHLIGHT


Inspired by his mother's and grandmother's ongoing commitment to their communities, Financial Advisor Elijah Souza always felt the need to give back when given the opportunity. Elijah joined a service organization while attending Loyola Marymount University and has recently been working with Big Brothers Big Sisters Los Angeles. Following his mother's footsteps, no matter what is going on, he will always make a point to help others in need.

Sursum Corda is a service organization committed to the promotion of social justice through active service and advocacy. They primarily focus on hunger and food justice, a large area of need in Los Angeles. The phrase Sursum Corda is Latin for "lifting hearts," and the mission of Sursum Corda's members is to lift their hearts to service. During Elijah's time in Sursum Corda, he mainly volunteered with an organization known as Underwings. Other members and himself would go to East LA and assist running an afterschool program at Dolores Mission elementary school. Underwings is designed to empower youth through tutoring, personal development, local community participation, and increased social awareness to become great civic leaders of our future. Underwings is a free afterschool program so that working parents can continue their occupational obligations without a large financial burden.

Recently, Elijah has been volunteering as a Big Brother through Big Brothers Big Sisters Los Angeles. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a national organization with over 250 affiliates that has served over two million children over the past ten years with the help of nearly 400,000 volunteer mentors and families. Big Brothers Big Sisters pairs adults with youth members to help the growing youth navigate their daily challenges. When children and teens have the influence of a caring adult, they are more likely to avoid risky behaviors and to focus on academics. This weekend, Elijah will be participating in a virtual escape room with other big brothers and sisters.

During the pandemic, it can sometimes feel difficult to stay active within your community. Elijah suggests cleaning up local streets and beaches. This is a great activity that you can still do while maintaining a safe distance from others. If you can give financially, he highly encourages you to do so. Non-profits still need help fundraising during this pandemic.

"Volunteering is good for your soul. It always feels good to give back."

Big Brothers Big Sisters: https://bbbsla.org/

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