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Volunteer  Spotlight
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To say Andrew Palakonda is passionate about soccer is a bit of an understatement! Growing up, if he wasn’t watching soccer, he was playing with his brothers, friends, or teammates. For the past seven years, he’s played competitive soccer traveling to different tournaments allowing him to explore new cities.


Despite the time commitment necessary to play competitive travel soccer, Andrew sought opportunities to volunteer in the Richmond region. “Volunteering is important to me because it… demonstrates that one cares for a cause, for people, and for the greater good that is greater than themselves,” said Andrew. When he discovered Start 1 Spark he knew it was the perfect cause for him because of how much of an impact soccer has had on his development and growth. 


Over the past year, Andrew has worked on a number of different projects requiring him to take data and turn it into infographics and impact reports. Through the process of designing and developing the reports, he used different tools and discovered new skills in graphic design. He attributes this experience to helping him learn ways to make information both appealing and informative which he will use as he pursues economics and political science in college.

“My favorite part of volunteering with Start 1 Spark was using my skills in graphic design to help create impact reports that convey the impact Start 1 Spark has on the community,” says Andrew. We are thankful to have volunteers like Andrew who are making an impact on and off the field!

How You Can Help!


Do you have time and talent to contribute? Looking for a community service activity for school group or youth organization? Or like engaging the community through events? We would love to find the perfect volunteer opportunity for you! Complete our volunteer interest form and see how you can start 1 spark!

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