National Volunteer Month: Samantha Rodriguez

April is National Volunteer Month and we are featuring volunteers who make a difference at United Way of Broward County and in our community. This week, we are highlighting Samantha Rodriguez.

Samantha Rodriguez, Nova Southeastern University

Samantha RodriguezWhy did you decide to get involved with United Way?  
I wanted to get involved with United Way because our partnership through Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) allowed me the opportunity to work closely with Broward County's local law enforcement agencies. 

How many years have you been involved with United Way of Broward County?
2 years

What do you do with United Way? 
I am one of the volunteer trainers for the monthly Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) offered to local law enforcement agencies. I teach a section on Personality Disorders that provides officers with techniques to help them better communicate with individuals in the community that may be diagnosed with these disorders.

If you could encourage someone else to volunteer, what would you say to them?
I would encourage them to find some way to get involved with United Way because through this experience I am able to be a part of something that I am truly passionate about and that I know is also helping to improve our local community and its members.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I am currently working toward graduating with my doctorate degree in psychology to work as a psychologist for law enforcement officers and other first responders.