Site Supervisor Empower Others
March 25, 2019
Marc Tan is a former Site Supervisor on the Hurricane Harvey Relief Program in Coastal Bend Texas. He was on program from May 2018 to January 2019. Teaching others is a life passion of his; he previously worked with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee and developed youth programs, providing a space for them to find their voice, select service projects, and determine how best to impact their community.
Marc later took a step to examine his own impact on the world around him. He first began volunteering with All Hands and Hearts in Louisiana, responding to Hurricane Harvey damage. Learning new skills, meeting volunteers and staff from all over the world, and helping families take that first step to putting the pieces back together after disaster strikes, provided an opportunity for Marc to see the reach of All Hands and Hearts.
He decided he wanted to continue with disaster recovery and has now taken his love for teaching to another avenue. Marc returned to program a few months after leaving, began training as a Site Supervisor, and eventually graduated our training program here in Texas. Marc taught everyday for months, showing folks they can indeed learn new skills they didn’t believe they could.
“My love for this work [with All Hands and Hearts] is two-fold; I get to teach volunteers who have little to no construction experience that they can do all of these cool construction things and everything that they do is another step towards giving a family their home back. People often don’t realize the impact that they are able to have on other people’s’ lives, and I am so happy to teach volunteers and show them that no contribution is too small. You don’t have to be a trained carpenter to help give someone their life back after a storm like Harvey.”
Over the course of his time here in Texas, Marc influenced the lives of many. He worked on numerous homes throughout Coastal Bend, developed relationships with homeowners and their families, trained new trainees of the same program he graduated from, connected with and instructed hundreds of volunteers, and acted as a contributing member of our staff family.
“I have found a community that allows me to have such a meaningful impact on a community with such a high need, surrounded by some of the most motivated people I’ve ever met. I’ve never felt so appreciated or supported by a community.”
In the future, Marc wants to work with program development. He’d like to continue work with All Hands and Hearts or a youth-centered non-profit.
You too can make an impact on the community and those around you. Come volunteer with us or donate to help those affected by natural disasters. Be a part of the Recovery journey!
Photos and Story by Abby R. Bonilla for All Hands and Hearts