Of Character: Oklahoma City woman volunteers to help others benefit
Let your passion be a blessing to others.
Such is the unselfish approach to life of Anna Farha of Oklahoma City.
By sharing her passion, Farha shares her time as a volunteer who is determined to battle significant issues such as domestic violence and hunger or simply become involved in community events.
“Whatever your passions are, there are nonprofits or organizations that you can apply those passions,” Anna Farha, 24, said. “You can gain valuable experience and help others at the same time.
“It is so easy to get involved and if you don't know where to start, talk to someone you know who volunteers and find out what opportunities are out there.”
She has found that “volunteering opens so many doors that you might not have even known were there.”
The doors/opportunities the 24-year-old has already flung open are numerous.
Farha’s passion for helping others developed in her college years through membership of Alpha Chi Omega at William Woods University in Fulton, Mo.
“We participated in many philanthropic initiatives including our national philanthropy, domestic violence awareness,” she said.
Today, Farha, who works in sales and marketing for ServiceMaster Restore by Hi-Tech, volunteers with numerous organizations.
Among those efforts is her role as a member of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Leadership Council.
During a previous job at Community Health Charities she had the opportunity to get to know several food bank staff. That led to her being asked to join the food bank’s inaugural leadership council.
“I have learned so much more about how hunger affects our state and the ways we all can help,” she said. “A little of your time goes such a long way to help hungry Oklahomans.”
Farha is also involved in the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of OKC’s networking committee. The group had just started when she joined in 2013. Farha was working in the nonprofit sector at the time and joined their networking committee.
Although she no longer works for a nonprofit, she continues to serve on this committee as they annually plan six networking events. Why? It fits her passion for helping others.
“I enjoy this group because of getting to know all of the different nonprofits in the city and how each of them are making a difference in our community,” she said.
Last year, she also served as networking chair for the group PRSA New Professionals and planned monthly networking events for young public relations and communications professionals to connect and learn from each other. She continues to participate in the group and advise the new committee.
And yet with such a busy present and promising future, Farha honors her past by serving as chapter adviser of Gamma Tau Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega at Oklahoma City University.
“I had such an amazing adviser at my chapter in college that I wanted to give back to a chapter locally,” she said. “I am in my third year as the chapter adviser and the opportunity to positively influence collegiate women is very gratifying.”
She also remains engaged with her community as a volunteer coordinator for Plaza District Festival and a volunteer for the new festival WestFest planned for September on Western Avenue.
“I love that all of the districts in OKC have their own events and personalities, so I jumped at the chance to help with this new event on Western Avenue,” Farha said.
It is but one more example of using her passion to benefit others.
“Volunteering truly makes me a better person and is an easy way to give back if you can't afford to give monetarily,” she said.