Meet Mignely Nunez, our enthusiastic new Development Coordinator VISTA from Kentland, IN! Mignely's deep appreciation for the educators who guided her throughout her academic journey has fueled her desire to pay it forward at HOPES. She is dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing space for young learners, drawing inspiration from the supportive environments she experienced herself. Mignely is particularly excited to witness the creativity of HOPES students as they engage in various activities, eager to learn from their hard work and be inspired by their vibrant spirits. For Mignely, volunteering is a two-way street, a chance to share her experiences while gaining valuable insights into the lives of those she serves. In her free time, she indulges in her passion for art and art history, exploring contemporary art at local museums and enjoying various forms of artistic expression, from music to fashion and dancing. We're thrilled to welcome Mignely to the HOPES team and look forward to the positive impact she'll undoubtedly make in our community!
Meet Valentina Pulla-Corella, our new Outreach and Social Media VISTA hailing from Quito, Ecuador! Valentina was drawn to Chicago HOPES for Kids by the organization's unwavering commitment to providing educational support and resources to students experiencing homelessness, aligning seamlessly with her passion for making a positive impact in the community. As she embarks on her journey with HOPES, Valentina is most excited about directly contributing to the academic and personal growth of the children the organization supports, knowing that her work will make a meaningful difference in their lives. During her term, she looks forward to collaborating with the HOPES team and witnessing the impact they can achieve together. For Valentina, being a volunteer, means selflessly giving her time and skills to support causes and organizations she is passionate about, without expecting anything in return—a source of fulfillment and purpose that she finds truly invaluable. In her free time, Valentina enjoys a diverse range of hobbies, from baking delicious treats to indulging in graphic design, watching both Marvel and suspenseful "Sinner" movies, and diving into a good book for some quality reading. We are thrilled to have Valentina on board, and her diverse interests and commitment will undoubtedly contribute to the positive atmosphere at Chicago HOPES for Kids!