Meet Cindy Noorani- recently Cindy donated 200 reusable water bottles through Tupperware to hand out to COA’s community at our water station. Read more about her and why she gives to COA below:
Tell me how you first got involved in with COA?
Dixie and I attend the same church, so I found out about COA that way. My daughter and I came and helped to pack Senior Day bags and work Senior Day a couple of times, and we’ve also come back to serve dinner several times.
What has surprised you most about working with COA?
I come from a blessed background- I am very lucky to have a loving family and a career that provides for those I love. Through my work at COA I have been touched to see so much need in a country of plenty, and how difficult it is to solve the problems many in our community face. I find it really rewarding to talk with people experiencing these hardships- it puts life in perspective.
I enjoy working directly with and seeing the people in need in my community. Other places can be impersonal- you never get to interact with the people you are helping directly. COA gives its volunteers the opportunity to have direct contact with its beneficiaries. Seeing the faces of the people I am helping makes me comprehend the need for my help more. You can see homelessness and hunger on TV, but seeing those needs in real life makes you empathize with those affected and connects you with them personally.
What do you wish other people knew about COA?
I wish others could comprehend the amount of people COA serves. So few people understand the need that’s out there, and COA is a wonderful example of people coming together to meet that need.
I love COA because it amazes me how much they do on a limited budget. COA is an expert at creating innovative solutions and making use out of anything and make it something useful. It’s not always about throwing money at a problem- most of the time it’s about being creative and formulating smart solutions.
What’s your personal philosophy on what should be done about homelessness/hunger?
The face of homelessness has come to new neighborhoods. So many people are asking, “What do we do?” It’s understandable because it’s unexpected, however there is a lack of compassion in our community. If we all stepped up to the plate we could solve the problem, instead of ignoring it or simply complaining. Whether donating financially or in-kind goods, or simply being more accommodating, everyone is capable of helping. We need to fix this issue instead of pushing it away.
Tell me more about the need you saw with the water bottles.
I work in an environmental testing lab and I am very environmentally conscious. My main mission is to save the planet one household at a time by reducing waste and trash. I am a Tupperware consultant, so I am always looking for new ways to use it. When I saw the great deal on the bottles, I instantly thought of COA’s water station. I know someone has to pay for the paper cups, and that there must be a lot of waste generated through the cups. I thought if everyone had a water bottle then it would reduce costs and waste. Then the recipients of the bottles could continue to use the bottles and go to other businesses and fill it up. I simply saw an opportunity to reduce trash and provide a meaningful heartfelt solution to the lack of water resources for the needy in my community.
What might (someone) be surprised to know about you?
I cook every meal at home for my family- we rarely eat out. I also absolutely love to bake. My recipe of choice is brownies!
What do you do when you aren’t (working, volunteering)?
I am an avid reader. My favorite books are action/thriller novels, particularly by James Rollins. I also spend a lot of time supporting my daughter, who’s actively involved in her studies, water polo and Girl Scouts.