It’s All About the Reward of Helping
RailWorks Recruiter Cynthia Perez finds plenty of opportunities to volunteer in the Houston area through Houston DC Dream Team and Friends, a volunteer organization comprised of fans of the Dallas Cowboys.
Deer Park, TX
It's not about the recogntion; it's about the reward of helping someone else.
That’s the perspective of RailWorks Recruiter Cynthia Perez who works in the Deer Park, TX, office. Cynthia volunteers several times a year with the charity organization “Houston DC Dream Team & Friends,” a group of Houston-area fans of the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys.
Among the events Cynthia enjoys that are put on by the Dream Team group:
- A “Flags for Fallen Veterans” event at Houston National Cemetery in advance of Memorial Day, planting American flags at military members’ gravesites
- The June “Q-ing to Cure Childhood Cancer” annual barbecue cook-off
- A July event preparing sack lunches for Kids Meals, an organization that delivers meals to preschoolers
- A fall school supplies drive
- Holiday toy drives and other services benefiting the Ronald McDonald house, where out-of-town families can stay during a child’s hospitalization for medical treatment
- The springtime “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk-a-thon in Houston
Cynthia first volunteered for the Dallas Cowboys Fans of Houston (DCFH), starting in 2014. She is now with the spinoff group Houston DC Dream Team & Friends.
Cynthia’s inspiration to actively volunteer is “just making someone else’s life better. I love giving back, never for the recognition, only for reward of helping someone in need.”
Whenever possible, she likes involving her grandchildren, ages 8 and 6, sometimes in activities that help other children. “As young as they are,” she says, “they do understand that they are helping children less fortunate than themselves. For instance, Jonathan noticed the Houston Food Bank dropping off boxes at his school a week or two after we volunteered. In those boxes were more than likely the Buddy Packs that Jonathan and I had helped pack for children who wouldn’t otherwise have anything to eat during the weekends.”
Cynthia says it’s hard to pick a favorite volunteer event but says if she had to choose, it’s activities for the Ronald McDonald House. Her group participates in the annual toy drive and in twice-yearly gatherings to serve lunch to patients and their families.