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Over the next few weeks, we are featuring VertiSource HR® employees who volunteer for causes they are passionate about. We find our employees to be exceptional in their selflessness in the workplace and out in the community.

Ivette Bosque has 20 years of experience in accounting with 12 years as a General Manager for a Xerox agency. Her major was in architecture and she minored in accounting. She has worked for VertiSource HR® for about a year and a half.

We asked Ivette what inspired her to get involved in philanthropic work and she explained that when she was little, her mom used to do a lot of volunteer work. Ivette would go with her mother and together, they would take care of older people (i.e. cleaning homes, paying bills, etc…). When Ivette was married, she wanted to do the same. She wanted to pass that example to her children.

Ivette went on to tell us how through volunteering in her community, she changed her perception of the community and its needs. It changed in that she became less critical of people she interacts with. Recently, for example, she stopped in Bakersfield and saw a couple of people outside of a local gas station in the heavy rain with not a lot to cover themselves from the weather. She provided them some coffee to help them keep warm.

We asked Ivette if the philanthropic work she did had improved other aspects of her personal and professional life and it has. Ivette stated, “it makes one more patient with his/her coworkers (you don’t know everything that is going on in the life of your coworkers). You can also be more patient with your family.”

Some of the most memorable moments Ivette has experienced volunteering have been centered on the human interaction.

Ivette would visit older people and talk with them. Ivette would provide community service in health-related endeavors. Anyone could come and get various little exams and Ivette would participate in it. On Father’s Day, Ivette went to Compton and made breakfast for her community. She loves giving cooking classes for the community as well- cooking with health (focusing on nutrition and a healthy lifestyle)! She would invite the community to take free classes and then eat!

In addition to volunteering her time, Ivette has Christmas gifts, personal care items, and other goods to those in need.

She participated in a “shoe box” Christmas tradition to prepare boxes (like shoe boxes) where she would buy different items that people would need (combs, toothbrushes, etc…) and then create them for either a girl, boy, or baby. She would then put them together and take them to a center where they would provide these boxes to other people all around the world.

Ivette also participates in providing canned goods and registering with the city to donate money
where the donations would be used to help those who were and are in need.

We asked Ivette what advice would you give to someone considering philanthropic work and she responded,

“Service is two ways. For you and the other person. It gives you a perspective on how life is and it helps you see the blessings that you have and you tend to complain less. It’s good for the other person because they are in need. 
First, do it on a regular basis. It can strengthen the one who is giving and help the one who receives. 
Also, pass it on to the younger generation. It gives them an opportunity to see the good that can come out of serving others. It will also allow for an opportunity to establish a tradition that will continue forward with them and onward to future generations. “

Lots of businesses have group philanthropic projects, or at least want to start one. We asked for Ivette’s take on company-sponsored group philanthropy. She stated, “When you give to someone else, it makes you tied together in unity. You all grow together. It allows you the opportunity to know the people you work with and help fill in gaps that they have in their lives. It makes you draw closer to those people.”

Ivette Bosque, Accountant, VertiSource HR®