ReEmployAbility would like to emphasize the importance of giving back to the community this season of giving. As we all reflect on this past year, it is important to remember what gratitude really means. With our on-going company-sponsored volunteer initiative, “REA in the Community,” team members are encouraged to seek out nonprofits, within or out of our network, to organize a day of service. This month’s REA in the Community campaign features Community Care Associate Sarai Quirino, and her recent volunteer involvement at Willis Peters Exceptional Center.

About Willis Peters Exceptional Center

Willis Peters Exceptional Center (WPEC) is an institution part of the Hillsborough County Public School system that provides educational programs and support for students with a wide range of disabilities between the ages of 3 and 22. This facility provides programs for students with visual impairments, dual sensory impairments, physical handicaps, emotional/behavioral disabilities, and moderate to significant intellectual disabilities. Once students are placed based on their individual needs, they are then put into a classroom setting where trained faculty and staff can attend to them with engaging activities.

Sarai’s Special Service

Sarai has been with ReEmployAbility for less than a year now, but has provided exceptional work with our not-for-profit partners and injured worker participants. Outside of work she is a local Floridian and mother of three children. It is no surprise that Sarai chose Willis Peters Exceptional Center to volunteer her services to. Her experience within the Florida School District spans across 10 years, having worked with many different demographics of students across Florida. She claims, “my heart has always been drawn towards working with children with special needs, or as I like to say, ‘special abilities’.”

To be able to volunteer, Sarai was required to complete a Volunteer Application Form and had to agree to be fingerprinted for a background check. The safety of the kids and staff at Willis Peters Exceptional Center is a top priority. Once processed, the fun began! Some of Sarai’s duties involved making milkshakes, passing out donuts and snacks, and painting the students nails. Sarai would recommend volunteering at Willis Peters Exceptional Center to anyone who would like to give back to the Special Needs community. She said, “Volunteering for children with special needs is so much fun!”

Click the link to learn more about Willis Peters Exceptional Center