“Every module of the seven course program was very engaging. This was a turning point for me and the program I needed to lead my organization on clear path forward.”
PhilippinesFebruary 22, 2018
A fire broke out in Zapote, a rural slum in the Philippines this past February. With only one road in, one road out and ramshackle housing, the village was at risk of quickly burning to the ground. Yet thanks to the help of Associated Volunteers Club International, a volunteer organization of emergency responders founded by Salvador Orteñero Jr., countless homes and lives were saved.
Salvador doesn’t just credit the hard work of the volunteers who did whatever they could that night to stop the fire alongside local firemen: he credits Philanthropy University for helping his group collaborate and work as a team to overcome a challenge. In the months before the fire, Salvador completed all seven courses, hoping to learn how to strengthen the work of the organization he started in 2010 to combat natural disasters in local communities.
“Every module of the seven course program was very engaging,” Salvador said. “This was a turning point for me and the program I needed to lead my organization on clear path forward.”
Through the courses, he learned how to sustain and grow his existing work and launch a new social enterprise, VolNet, which provides food and everyday staples for residents to sell or use to start their own small business. Since completing the courses, he’s also advanced at his full-time job, with a recent promotion to a management role.
While it was tough managing his volunteer organization, his course work, and full-time job at a technology company, Salvador says enrolling in Philanthropy University was more than worth it — it was life-changing.
“In the future, I hope our program will continue growing to better serve our people, our community and our country,” Salvador said.
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