KVFD Volunteer Spotlight: Silvia Balderas

The next volunteer we’re spotlighting is Silvia Balderas, an administrative volunteer with KVFD. When she’s not assisting with special events and internal needs at the station, she’s dedicated to helping others declutter their lives through her organization business. Silvia’s commitment to supporting Station 5 is truly remarkable and doesn’t go unnoticed. Keep reading to discover more about her journey to KVFD and the impact that volunteering has had on her.

Why did you decide to join KVFD?  

I’ve lived in this area for many years. I would often pass by KVFD while driving on Plyers Mill Rd en route to the Bethesda/Rockville area. I noticed KVFD’s electronic message board out front, frequently seeking operational volunteers. One day, I spotted an announcement for administrative volunteers. Since it aligned with the work I’ve done throughout my professional career, I decided to apply. 

Throughout your time at KVFD, what titles, roles, and responsibilities have you held?  

My main responsibility has been working with the personnel files. As a result of the COVID shutdown, KVFD began transitioning from paper files to digital. I also assist with special events, including KVFD’s summer family movie nights, kids’ birthday parties, and other events held in the Station 5 Community Room; along with various fundraising events throughout the year. 

When you’re not volunteering, how do you typically spend your time? 

I am a solopreneur, running a professional organization business called Your Life Simplified, LLC.  With 14 years of experience as a professional organizer, I find joy in helping my clients declutter! While I’m now semi-retired and only organize occasionally, I’ve found great opportunities at the station to put my organizational skills to work! In my free time, I enjoy walking, swing dancing, and exploring the Washington, D.C. metro area. 

What aspects of volunteering at KVFD do you find most fulfilling or rewarding? 

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first started volunteering. Being an ambivert, I straddle the line between introverted and extroverted. It took me some time to find my comfort zone at the station. However, the most fulfilling and rewarding aspect is getting to know the operational volunteers. I’ve developed a profound admiration and respect for them. Likewise, I greatly admire and respect my administrative colleagues for their commitment to supporting the members of Station 5. 

In what ways has your involvement with KVFD positively impacted your career or personal life? 

As a professional organizer and a member of the community, I would emphasize that volunteering at KVFD has heightened my awareness of the importance of safety in our homes. 

What advice would you give to someone interested in volunteering in an administrative capacity at KVFD? 

I would certainly encourage anyone interested in volunteering to go for it! If volunteering at KVFD is a good fit, then all the better. Volunteering at KVFD is an incredibly rewarding experience, whether that be in an administrative or operational capacity. 

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Explore our membership opportunities at KVFD and discover how you can make a meaningful impact in our community, just like Silvia! Head over to our join page for more information about how to apply, and stay tuned for more spotlights of our amazing volunteers!