Community Hero: Randy Silva Offers HOPE to Homeless in Colorado

Randy Silva Community Hero 2015Editor’s Note: Broadcom Community Heroes  recognizes civic engagement and volunteerism by Broadcom employees around the globe, who may nominate themselves or their colleagues for recognition under guidelines set forth by Broadcom Foundation. The Community Engagement Committee honors these employees with a $500 gift in their honor from a list of qualifying charities. In this series on the blog, we’ll profile each Community Hero to share stories about their interests and work benefiting their communities around the world.

Randy Silva, a broadband and connectivity software engineer in GPS, works with HOPE worldwide each year to address local community needs in his home state. Randy serves meals to the homeless several times a year, but this is only part of a large outreach program he participates in called “Hope Service in the Park.” Randy’s compassion and determination to lift up the underprivileged and encourage the needy through volunteer service is why he was chosen to be a Broadcom community hero.

Below is an edited interview.

Tell us about HOPE Worldwide and why it motivates you?

HOPE stands for Helping Other People Everywhere. I became involved almost 20 years ago, and my motivation is spiritually based in aiding the poor while giving rather than receiving. I am also motivated by the Hope Leadership group who inspire many dedicated volunteers to join in the cause.

What do you most look forward to when working with HOPE?

What I most look forward to are the intangible expressions of gratitude from those we serve.

Share with us a favorite story about your work.

Our biggest event of the year is called “Hope Service in the Park.” It takes place at Acacia Park in downtown Colorado Springs, Colo. The park is known to be a gathering site for homeless people. We hold the service in early October and hand out winter-related items. The main items distributed are sleeping bags, non-perishable food, winter clothing, toiletries, and backpacks. At the 6800 ft. altitude, the timing of this event is intended to prepare these people for the harsh winter weather ahead. This is my favorite event because it includes a lot of behind-the-scenes preparation which takes weeks, and the service itself is very gratifying.

What would you like to accomplish with your work this year?

Our focus for 2015 will remain on serving the homeless and foster children of Colorado Springs. In 2014, we made and served over 300 burritos throughout the year and our goal for this year is 400. At our Bowl-a-Thon event, we raised a whopping $8,300 for the underprivileged; $1,200 of it was donations raised from many generous Broadcom employees within my group!

What would you say to inspire other Broadcom employees to volunteer?

Most everyone is familiar with the mantra “it is better to give rather than receive.” But in a fast-paced society with little time to get creative, we need help with ideas on how we can give back. We forget that we can turn to organizations that specialize in finding needy causes which optimize the impact of us as volunteers.