TRF’s Volunteer of the Month for February 2016 is Florencia “Flip” Carlos.
She has been with The Ruth Foundation since 2014 and is a reliable member of the volunteer pool. She consistently shows up when she is scheduled for visits and speaks her mind for the greater good of the team.
Q&A with FLIP
How did you come to volunteer for TRF?
I actually learned about TRF even before it was established. Nanay Ruth* mentioned it to me when Doc Mae was still brainstorming plans to put up the foundation. I’m glad that nanay Ruth was still alive when the foundation started.
I began to volunteer at TRF just after I retired.
What were your expectations as a volunteer?
To be of value to the community and be relevant to the society.
Describe the activities you volunteered for. Why did you choose them?
Home Visits. While it may be tiring at times, it gives me a sense of accomplishment that I am able to help mankind and be of service even in my senior age. I also learned a lot on the different aspects and kinds of illnesses.
What are your key reflections/lessons? How has the experience changed your life?
Every person needs care in one way or the other. As a person ages, he/she becomes vulnerable and sensitive. With the home visits experiences I had, I begin to understand more of the sensitiveness being a senior.
Thank you Flip!
*Nanay Ruth is the mother-in-law of TRF’s president and CEO, Dr. Mae Corvera. A compassionate social worker, her great deeds of service serve as inspiration to the team. She was a great encouragement to everyone at The Ruth Foundation until she passed away in 2014.