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Circle Leader Haley Alvarez and Circles Allies nominated for Be More Awards. Congrats Haley and Allies! Read the nomination for Haley here.

Haley Alvarez is a Circle Leader with the Monroe County Circles® Initiative and is committed to giving back to the community. Haley has been involved with Circles for four years. Unlike many of the programs and services offered at SCCAP, Circles® is not a program. It is a community building model that seeks to create a space where everyone has an equal chance of having enough money, friends, and meaning in their lives to thrive. The Circles® model invites people from a variety of backgrounds and economic classes to work together to both support individuals in their journey out of poverty and create economic stability within the community.

A Leader is a person who does not have enough resources to be stable and is highly motivated to make things better for themselves, their family and the community. Circle Leaders go through an initial 20 week training learning about poverty, resource assessment and creating and carrying out goals before they are matched with more stable volunteers called Allies who support the leaders’ goals and personal growth. As a leader, Haley went through her initial training and gave birth to her beautiful son Leo just after training graduation. Because of health challenges, she was not able to be partnered with Allies but stayed in contact with the group. Because of her strong commitment to finding ways to create a strong family she joined the next training group where she shared her experience with new potential leaders. After graduating from her second training a few months ago, she was matched with three allies, a teacher, a sports minister at IU and a retired ESL coordinator. She now continues her training and programming as she defines and works on her goals in education, safe housing and improving physical health.

Haley is bi-lingual and has created a rich multi-cultural environment for her son. She created a children’s play group that takes advantage of the many enriching children’s activities locally. Besides being a busy wife, mother and employee that created her own catering and party planning business she has found time to give back to the community because she believes that community involvement is key. Nurtured by a family that valued volunteerism, as a student at Harmony School early in the 2000’s, Haley was involved with animal rescue, volunteered with Middle Way House kids, and participated in environmental and animal activism. She participated in the ground floor of WFHB’s teen programming and attended the National Broadcasters Association convention in California as the youngest delegate.

Since becoming involved with Circles Haley has been generous in giving rides to people with no transportation, and sharing her story with the community to help others understand the challenges of poverty. In 2013, Haley participated in the MLK Event Spotlight on Poverty, Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake, spoke to a group of IU students, cleaned at the church that donates space for Circle meetings and created a going away event for a long-time Circles volunteer. All the while, she worked with her Allies on her goals -- seeking and obtaining employment and enjoying and caring for her husband and son. The highlight of her volunteer activity with Circles in 2013 was her organization of the Circles Homeward Bound Team. Thanks to Haley’s work, Circles had the largest team in their six years of participation and were proud to support the mission of the walk.

We are pleased to nominate Haley for a Be More award and believe she exemplifies the lifetime commitment to volunteerism honored in this award.

1. ACTIVITY: Describe nominee’s volunteer service.*
Haley Alvarez is a Circle Leader with the Monroe County Circles Initiative and has been volunteering all four years of her time as a Leader. She is bi-lingual and has provided a rich multi-cultural environment for her son. She began a children’s play group that takes advantage of the many enriching children’s activities locally. Besides being a busy wife, mother and employee that started her own catering and party planning business, she has found time to give back to the community because she believes that community involvement is key.

Since becoming involved with Circles Haley has been generous in giving rides to people with no transportation, and sharing her story with the community to help others understand the challenges of poverty. In 2013, Haley participated in the MLK Event Spotlight on Poverty, Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake, spoke to a group of IU students, cleaned at the church that donates space for Circle meetings, created a going away event for a long-time Circles volunteer and organized a major event. All the while, she worked with her Allies, volunteers with stable resources, on her goals of seeking and obtaining employment to make a better life for her family.


2. NEED: Describe need for nominee’s service.*
Haley is a Circle Leader with the Monroe County Circles® Initiative and is committed to giving back to the community. Haley has been involved with Circles for four years. Unlike many of the programs and services offered at SCCAP, Circles® is not a program. It is a community building model that seeks to create a space where everyone has an equal chance of having enough money, friends, and meaning in their lives to thrive. The Circles® model invites people from a variety of backgrounds and economic classes to work together to both support individuals in their journey out of poverty and create economic stability within the community.

A Leader is a person who does not have enough resources to be stable and is highly motivated to make things better for themselves, their family and the community. Circle Leaders go through an initial 20 week training learning about poverty, resource assessment and creating and carrying out goals before they are matched with more stable volunteers called Allies who support the leaders’ goals and personal growth.

As a leader, Haley went through her initial training and gave birth to her beautiful son Leo just after training graduation. Because of health challenges, she was not able to be partnered with Allies but stayed in contact with the group. Haley had a deep commitment to finding ways to create a strong family and joined the next training group where she shared her experience with new potential leaders. After graduating from her second training a few months ago, she was matched with three allies, a teacher, a sports minister at IU and a retired ESL coordinator. She now continues her training and relationship building as she defines and works on her goals in education, safe housing and improving physical health.

Haley's volunteer involvement fills a great need, not only because of her service, but also her example of striving and thriving in spite of adversity.


3. IMPACT: Describe impact or difference nominee’s service made to community. Estimate the number of people affected.*
The highlight of her volunteer activity with Circles in 2013 was her organization of the Circles Homeward Bound Team. Thanks to Haley’s work, Circles had the largest team in their six years of participation and were proud to support the mission of the walk.

Haley has impacted the seventy or so people within Circles regularly with her compassion and caring. By example, Haley shows the world that volunteering is important to her no matter her resource level.

4. Why do you believe your nominee deserves the Be More?
Haley was nurtured by a family that valued volunteerism. As a student at Harmony School early in the 2000’s, Haley was involved with animal rescue, volunteered with Middle Way House kids, and participated in environmental and animal activism. She participated in the ground floor of WFHB’s teen programming and attended the National Broadcasters Association convention in California as the youngest delegate. Haley continues her volunteerism today. We are pleased to nominate Haley for a Be More award and believe she exemplifies the lifetime commitment to volunteerism honored in this award.