Judi Pine-Sellers

Ahwatukee Foothills resident Judi Pine-Sellers organized a volunteer awareness event that is open to all those interested in learning what it takes to volunteer.

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Judi Pine-Sellers is dedicated to volunteering. She says it is her true passion in life.

Now, the Ahwatukee Foothills resident is taking it to the next level. From Peace Corps volunteer to foster mom with countless hours and other organizations in between, Pine-Sellers made the move to a different aspect of community service - recruiting others.

She is currently enrolled in a leadership development program at Landmark Education, and since October she has been working on a project she is calling Share Your Passion, a free volunteer awareness event.

"I always have wanted to help nonprofits expand," Pine-Sellers said. "If I can make an impact of a certain number, or generate a group of new volunteers, then that would be huge."

The Passion event is on Saturday, Feb. 4 at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 1500 W. Maryland Ave., from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. On hand will be community-based organizations such as Mission of Mercy, an organization that provides free, mobile health care and prescriptions to those in need, and UMOM New Day Center, the largest homeless shelter for families in Arizona.

"The goal is to teach someone something they don't know, like how to sign up and volunteer," Pine-Sellers said. "When I was assigned the leadership project, I wanted to do something that would light up the community. I chose something I was the most passionate about - volunteering."

She contacted different community service organizations around the Valley and they each had something in common - essential services. She reached out to those that offered food, shelter for the homeless, medical care, or life skills development. The other organizations that will be attending are Phoenix Philanthropists, which teaches how to become a successful volunteer; St. Mary's Food Bank; Tumbleweed, a place for abused and neglected youth to go for care; the Shoebox Ministry, which provides toiletries to the homeless; and Greater Phoenix Youth at Risk.

"I wanted a theme that focused on the necessities to help get someone healthy - or a family - and back on their feet," Pine-Sellers said.

The organizations will have representatives at the event who will give presentations, and then they will set up in booths afterwards for those who would like more information. Everyone in the community is invited to attend, she said.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or troemhild@ahwatukee.com

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