Versant Volunteers: Spotlight on Brandon Yee

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Spotlight on Brandon Yee


Volunteer Organization: Phoenix Children’s Hospital – Emerging Leaders

What is the purpose of the organization for which you volunteer?
“Established in 2012, Emerging Leaders is a group of dynamic, early career professionals who are committed to championing the mission of Phoenix Children’s Hospital through leadership, giving back, and service.”

When did you start volunteering with Phoenix Children’s Hospital?
I joined Emerging Leaders in October 2016. In college, many of my volunteer experiences involved helping children. I always had a lot of fun and felt my time was being well spent. Phoenix Children’s Hospital was a natural transition. I chose the Emerging Leaders program because it’s designed for people in their twenties and thirties who are also looking to give back to the community. The group is very diverse and friendly. I found the program through the PCH website.

What duties do you perform to aid the organization?
I am currently a part of the Service Committee. We plan birthday parties for the hospital’s patients, host bingo nights for the kids, etc. We look for ways to directly support patients and their families.

Why is such an organization needed in the community?
Our health plays such an integral role in the quality of our lives, and when good health leaves us — often at the most unexpected time — the physical and mental hurdles can be challenging. Supporting people when they need it the most is a worthwhile cause.

What are your reasons for volunteering?
To give back to the community!

Which volunteering undertaking do you remember best?
I’ve just started volunteering with the Emerging Leaders group, but I spent a lot of time in college helping organizations with similar causes. For example, I volunteered at a week-long camp for kids that were directly or indirectly affected by cancer. We did arts and crafts, went to a jungle gym, learned karate… I could tell the kids and parents appreciated the volunteers’ efforts, so that was nice.

What challenges do volunteers in your organization face?
Within Emerging Leaders, I think time is the limiting factor. If more people join, then this issue will be less of a concern.

What rewards do you receive from your volunteer work?
If I could quantify the return, it would result in the highest Sharpe ratio ever. (Editor’s note: A Sharpe ratio is a measure that indicates the average return, minus the risk-free return, divided by the standard deviation, of return on an investment.)

What has volunteer work helped you learn about yourself?
I am very fortunate.

Could you give a piece of advice to people hesitating whether to undertake volunteering?
Find a cause you personally identify with and just go for it! I am sure any time helping would be most appreciated. “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” Oscar Wilde

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