This month’s volunteer spotlight is Matthew Evans. He’s a long-time Intersection Monitor and loves to people watch. Read his story below and learn why he volunteers.
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How long have you been volunteering?
I have volunteered with Sunday Streets since 2013.
Why do you volunteer at Sunday Streets?
I found myself dancing with an outdoor Zumba instructor during Sunday Streets Mission and I knew I was hooked on the event. I like to volunteer so it seemed like a natural fit to start volunteering with Sunday Streets.
What keeps you coming back?
I love to people-watch in San Francisco and there’s no better place to do it than at Sunday Streets. It’s a great group of people that shows up for these events. The staff, volunteer crew, and all of the attendees are fun and interesting people.
I also walk San Francisco every day and I’m happy to help promote the slower pace. It’s nice to be able to add value to the pedestrian scene while I enjoy it by lending a few hours of my time to Sunday Streets.
How did you first hear about Sunday Streets?
I stumbled upon the Mission event while I was out walking Valencia.
What’s your most inspiring story from volunteering?
Each time I volunteer I find myself standing in an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar people and having a great time. It’s a welcome reminder that there is still plenty of San Francisco left to be discovered and enjoyed. That is what I find most inspiring and it happens often.
Tell us something we don’t already know about yourself
I can wiggle my ears.
Any advice or last comments you’d like to share about volunteerism
My advice: Volunteer to do the things that you already enjoy doing. It’s a good way to promote those experiences for others and a great way to get more out of those experiences for yourself!