GLIDE Volunteers: Sharing Passion and Talent

Every year, GLIDE is fortunate to host thousands of volunteers that engage with our work in a variety of ways. GLIDE could not accomplish the important work of serving the community without the commitment and dedication of our volunteers – from those who come to help serve meals to those who contribute their time as board members, the help of all of GLIDE’s supporters is vital to our success. In honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Week, get to know Paige Rossetti.

Paige grew up in a suburb of New York City, sheltered by the realities of urban life. During trips into Manhattan as a small girl, she was shocked by the sight of homeless people panhandling and sleeping on the streets. “As adults, many of us become accustomed to these sights and we learn to ignore them. We tune out the suffering of others in order to go through our daily lives.” As a child, Paige was deeply affected by the urban issues she witnessed and contributes those early feelings of compassion to her attraction to GLIDE. “I came to GLIDE to honor that feeling of empathy, by actually doing something to help.”

As an intern and volunteer, Paige helped create compelling infographics, such as this one illustrating GLIDE's Daily Free Meals Program

Paige helped create compelling infographics, such as this one illustrating GLIDE’s Daily Free Meals Program

As a part of the Strategy, Resource, and Evaluation (SRE) team at GLIDE, Paige used her background and passion for storytelling through data to contribute in the most meaningful way possible. At GLIDE, we collect and analyze program data to measure the impact of our services and to uncover community need in order to better serve all of our program participants. During her time at GLIDE, Paige analyzed data gathered by our annual client surveys, a task that has allowed programs to further develop their offerings based on community feedback. “I believe that data is powerful. It helps us to work effectively, allowing us to do the most good possible with the resources we have available.”

Paige used her personal interests and natural talent to inform her contribution to GLIDE by volunteering her time to the SRE team. It is through her meaningful service that GLIDE was able to draw informative conclusions from the very important client survey process and deepen the integrity of our services.

Of the lessons she has learned at GLIDE, Paige includes learning the hard work of radical inclusivity among the most important. “When you spend time at GLIDE, you start to realize how many barriers we put up between ourselves and others in our everyday lives. Working at GLIDE means challenging yourself to tear those barriers down.”

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Join GLIDE at the SF @marchforourlives this Saturday to support young people in demanding #GunControlNow! We'll meet at GLIDE at noon and walk to Civic Center together. Where your GLIDE gear if you have it, and click the link in our profile to read more about why gun control is a priority advocacy issue at GLIDE.
#marchforourlives #parkland #enough #IWillMarch @momsdemand @bradybuzz @sfmagazine @sfchronicle @theonj3 @angelabrown17 @sf_interfaith Today, GLIDE Harm Reduction partnered with @sfaidsfound, SFDPH and SF Homeless Outreach Team to conduct a health care pop-up at a homeless encampment. It was a great community effort and the Harm Redux crew reports that the residents of the camp really appreciated that we were there for them. GLIDE provided HIV/Hep C Testing and counseling. In spite of the rain, 21 people used our testing services, and many more just came to us to talk about their drug use and receive harm reduction counseling.
We're grateful to this crew! Left to right: Paul Harkin, Amber Taylor, Bill Buehlman and Jason Norelli. #rainorshine #harmreduction #healthcareisahumanright #gettested #healthcareforall GLIDE Church invites you to stand up for smart, sensible gun control laws at the San Francisco March For Our Lives Rally on Saturday, March 24!
WHO: GLIDE Church. And YOU!
WHAT: SF March For Our Lives
WHERE: We will meet at GLIDE at noon and then walk over to Civic Center Plaza together as a group.
WHY: Our children should not have to live in fear of gun violence AT ALL, much less at school. Our teachers should not have to add "taking a bullet" to their job descriptions. We raise our voices in solidarity and demand a safer, more peaceful future for our children, our teachers and our country.
WHEN: Saturday, March 24. The rally starts at 1:00 pm, but we will meet at GLIDE at noon!
Additionally, we will make posters for the rally THIS SUNDAY on March 18 after the 11:00 am Celebration.
If you have any questions, please contact our beloved Rev. Angela Brown at
#ENOUGH #Guncontrol #gunsense #safeschools #parkland #columbine #LasVegas #marchforourlives  @womensmarch @womensmarchbayarea @momsdemand @gabbygiffords @100daysaction @bayresistance @glidefycc @kaye_foster @everytown On Wednesday, the children & teachers from GLIDE's Family, Youth & Childcare Center (FYCC) joined thousands of other students across the nation in the #NationalSchoolWalkout. Our FYCC teachers stress the importance of being community-minded thinkers and global citizens. Demanding #GunControlNow and safety in our schools is an important lesson for our kids, as well as a compassionate and powerful act of solidarity with the #Parklandhighschool students & all victims of school shootings.
Gun control is also a crucial advocacy issue for GLIDE — fighting for our children's education, well-being and their very lives is a direct application of our values and one of the most meaningful efforts to get involved in today.

Much love and support to FYCC and to all the young people across the country who raised their fists in defiance, resistance and mourning. We are with you.
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