Volunteer Spotlight: Moti Balas
For the past six years, Moti Balas has been volunteering with Project Sunshine Israel. Helping others and giving back have always been a central part of Moti's life, so he feels that volunteering with Project Sunshine is a natural step in helping him to fulfill his dreams! "I believe that children live in the present, they concentrate on each activity in the moment, and that allows us as volunteers to make an instant connection. When I volunteer, I try to connect to my inner child, and play, enjoy and live in the moment just like these children do."
Moti began volunteering with Project Sunshine Israel at the kindergarten at the Israel Sports Center for the Disabled (ILAN), a center for children with developmental and motor disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy. After a long tenure volunteering at ILAN, Moti joined the Project Sunshine chapter at Geha Psychiatric Hospital, working specifically in a kindergarten for children with mental health and developmental challenges. Moti has a calm and quiet demeanor that resonates throughout his volunteer work and in every interaction with fellow volunteers, as well as with Project Sunshine children and families.
Moti's deep commitment to Project Sunshine Israel is evident in the many roles he has taken on with the organization. From serving as a general volunteer, to Chapter Leader, to the head of the Book Buddies & Book Club programming, to a new volunteer trainer, Moti does all of this with grace and a positive attitude. Moti has even mastered the art of balloon twisting and, as a passionate trainer, he teaches each and every volunteer to make complex balloon shapes to bring to children in Project Sunshine's partner medical centers. In so doing, Moti puts a smile on every child's face, releasing their inner sunshine!
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