SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: Epiphany League Member Erin Doyle Ebeling
January 21, 2016
1. When did your interest in service come about? My interest in service began at an early age. My mother volunteered her time in support of the elderly and disabled children in our area. During the holidays, we would bring cupcakes and other goodies to Senior citizens and plan little parties for children with disabilities. I especially remember Halloween. I was raised on a ranch and we grew pumpkins, among other things. One year we brought dozens of pumpkins to the children and helped carve them.
Valentine ’s Day was also memorable.
2. How did you decide to choose to volunteer your time on behalf of the women and children of Epiphany Center? My family has been connected to the Daughters of Charity since 1852. Throughout the years we have supported their mission monetarily. I’ve attended events and have seen how impactful the Epiphany Center has been to women, children and at risk families of San Francisco. My children are now both in college which allows me a little more time to volunteer. I also got a good nudge, from my friend Sheila Kelly, to join the league!
3. What is your favorite memory so far, with the League and why? My favorite memory, so far, with the League was my first meeting in September. Prior to the meeting, there was a new member orientation, which included a video presentation that was very informative. And of course, the highlight was the tea. It was delightful! Besides the yummy menu we got to hear from the Directors of Epiphany Programs and listen to a performance from the ‘Epiphany Choir”. This day solidified my decision to be an active participant with the League.
4. What have you learned during your time working with Epiphany Center? (Or, what do you hope to learn?) I hope to learn to be more compassionate to those around me.
5. What or who inspires you? The Daughters of Charity inspire me, most especially Sister Estela. I’ve watched Sister from the background for many years. And with all life’s challenges she accepts change in a positive light. I am also inspired by the women who commit to the program despite the many obstacles.
6. Of the five major Vincentian Values of Respect, Compassionate Service, Simplicity, Advocacy for the Poor, and Creativity, which one is your favorite to practice and why? Compassionate Service resonates with me for if we have no compassion for our neighbors we have no community.
7. What do you enjoy most about volunteering here in the city of San Francisco? I am proud to be a fifth generation San Franciscan and I feel it is my responsibility to give back to the city and support my community. Volunteering is a great way to meet other San Franciscans with the passion to make a difference.
8. What is your favorite spot in SF? Oh my, there are so many favorite spots in SF. I particularly like going to the beaches and enjoying the parks. I am lucky enough to live close to the Presidio and spend time walking through it most weekends. There is always something new to discover in every neighborhood of the City and from every beautiful vista.
9. Where were you born? In San Francisco, of course!
Are YOU interested in joining the Epiphany League?
Please contact Mary Rhoades at (415) 351 4055 or mrhoades@TheEpiphanyCenter.org
The purpose of the Epiphany League is to raise funds to ensure holistic care for the most vulnerable women, children, and families in San Francisco, to directly benefit clients through service projects, and to broaden community awareness of Epiphany Center.