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Why I Volunteer

PeopleAbinta Malik, SVP, Gap OnlineComment

It’s National Volunteer Month – and it makes me think about why I volunteer, and why it’s important – not just this month, but year round.

I’m a web content developer at Banana Republic, and a few years ago, I was looking for ways to use my professional experience to give back.  I got involved with the nonprofit impACT, which helps under-served students in Oakland steer clear from destructive obstacles like insecurity, addiction, and violence.  

I’ve volunteered there as a web developer, video editor, and mentor.  Over the years, I’ve seen a number of students get through high school and graduate from colleges like UC Davis and UC Berkeley, and then come to join the staff at impACT and give back to their communities.

Last year, I also had the chance to apply for Community Corps.  I was selected and traveled with other Gap Inc. colleagues to New Orleans to build a house with Habitat for Humanity.  My favorite memory was being able to work alongside the family who would be living there.  It’s awesome to work for a company that supports my volunteer work.

I have been so fortunate in my own life, and I want to make a difference in other people’s lives – not just this month – but every month of the year.