What do you get when you put a New York Cares Rising Leader, Bank of America Leader, and Team Leader together? Someone who knows a thing or two about multitasking.
Meet Brooke Hunter, a tried and true volunteer who started with New York Cares back when Facebook was solely for college students and hoverboards were only a Back to the Future concept. In celebration of Brooke’s ten-year anniversary, we’re turning the attention to her as our September Team Leader Spotlight.
Let’s start back at our first meeting, or at least, one of them. As you can imagine, in ten years, there are a lot of firsts! Community Programs Manager, Kathy Edouard, recalls her first encounter with Brooke in the following way:
"I first met Brooke at a Bank of America project (making volcanoes with children), and she described all of the volunteer opportunities that she was involved in. Brooke was super enthusiastic about the program at AMAC (a Saturday Recreational program for children on the Autism Spectrum). I thought that it was super impressive that she was a Team leader for both Bank of America and on her own. She truly loves helping children and dedicates a lot of her time to do so!"
Over the years, Brooke has dabbled in everything from intensive tutoring with teens in Sophomore Skills and College Prep programs to sorting coats for the New York Cares Coat Drive and leading revitalization projects on Cares Day.
Most memorable, however, has been her tenure with AMAC, an organization that provides high‑quality lifelong programs to individuals with autism, developmental disabilities and emotional disorders.
“As an AMAC Team Leader I work with children and teens diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders to help them develop and maintain the skills necessary to lead fulfilling lives. Through my company’s projects, I am able to help enrich young minds by visiting museums and conducting science experiments. For many of the children, they would not be able to experience the wonders of the Metropolitan Museum of Art or how they can create something like Slime from regular household supplies without our projects."
Brooke has proven she’s here for long-term by fostering relationships, establishing consistency and establishing trust among the children who participate in her programs.
"Over the years at AMAC, I have seen real results from our volunteers’ efforts. By promoting language and social engagement to children with autism, we are able to help them feel more a part of the community. The children have become part of my family over the years and watching them develop into the best adult they can be has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. They continuously help me put life into perspective and grow into a better person every day."
Beyond her work with AMAC, Brooke has demonstrated an amazing ability to tackle a variety of programs, functions and responsibilites at New York Cares. From fundraising as a member of our Rising Leaders Council to leading Bank of America colleagues in meaningful volunteer projects and investing as a Team Leader in education programs, her leadership has been known to know no bounds.
All in all, Brooke demonstrates so well what it means to be a Team Leader with New York Cares, in every sense of the word. So as we enter a new decade of Brooke’s leadership, we wanted to stop for a moment and say thank you. Because you know what? We appreciate you, Brooke!*