Volunteer Spotlight: Candice Chan

This month, get to know N Street Village volunteer Candice Chan. Candice moved to DC seven years ago and has been volunteering at N Street Village ever since.  Candice began her service as a dinner volunteer and today she picks up donated bread at the local Whole Foods and delivers it to N Street Village, is a mentor with the Education and Employment Center’s Job Keepers, and most recently has joined the N Street Village Ambassadors Team.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, I first came to the U.S. as an international student. Outside of N Street Village, I also volunteer at PAL (People.Animals.Love) where my dog (Bailey) and I get to share story time with the children at a local library. (Bailey made a blog this week too!)  I love to cook (since I love to eat), draw and play the piano in my spare time. I am a horrible golfer and tennis player, but love spending time outdoors especially when it is a gorgeous day here in the District. 

  • Favorite thing about living in D.C.? All the free activities such as Screen on the Green, jazz in the sculpture garden on the Mall, the amazing restaurants – and D.C. is such a dog friendly city!
  • On a Saturday evening you will find me…spending time with friends or hanging out with my dog at one of the many restaurants with outdoor seating.
  • When I have free time I most enjoy…Visiting wineries in Virginia.
  • Book you last read? Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.
  • Most played song on your iPod? I don’t own an iPod.
  • What do you enjoy most about volunteering at N Street Village? Talking to the ladies and sharing my experiences and ideas with them and working with the wonderful staff at N Street Village. Being the bread runner has definitely helped me improve my driving skills, especially in “how to navigate one’s car in narrow space” in the tight N Street Village garage.

About nstreetvillage

N Street Village is a community of empowerment and recovery for homeless and low-income women in Washington, D.C. With comprehensive services addressing both emergency and long-term needs, we help women achieve personal stability and make gains in their housing, income, employment, mental health, physical health, and addiction recovery.
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