Who: Kayley Vu
Location: Garden Grove, CA
Contributions: Intern & Beach Cruiser Donor
1) Project Hope Alliance: When and how did you first hear about Project Hope Alliance?
Kayley Vu: I heard about Project Hope Alliance through my best friend, who attended Cal State Fullerton's work field day. A couple of weeks prior to her attendance, I had been looking for opportunities to work with an organization that was making a dramatic change in my community while utilizing my skill-sets in accounting. It was through Director of Operations Annie Weir that I was connected to Accounting & Administrative Manager Leslie Starkey, and my journey at Project Hope Alliance flourished.
2) Why did you choose to get involved and take action?
Throughout my life, my parents have always stressed the importance of giving back. Not only just to give back whenever you could, but also to be proactive and seek unseen opportunities to do so. More specifically, my dad always told me, "We don't have much to give, but what we can give might make someone's day. And, what's better than that!" Perhaps it is his big heart that encouraged me to get involved and take action in my own community.
3) In what ways do you help fuel our mission?
At Project Hope Alliance, I am the Operations/Accounting Intern under Annie. My tasks here at the office range from entering entries into QuickBooks to doing research for various topics/projects that come in and out of the office. Other than that, I try my best to aid other staff members on any other tasks.
One of those "tasks" happened this summer and showed Kayley's big heart. She donated her beach cruiser to one of our Promotor Pathway students! Now our young learner can better get to and from, and focus on, her education.
4) Who are you when you're not changing the lives of the kids and families we serve?
Currently, I am a senior at UC Riverside studying business with an emphasis in accounting. After graduation, I hope to sit for my CPA license and be working as an auditor for a mid-tier public accounting firm in downtown Long Beach, specializing in the nonprofit sector. On top of academics, I am the Vice President of Correspondence for Beta Alpha Psi and an active member in UCR's Accounting Society chapter.
In addition to volunteering at Project Hope Alliance, I am currently employed at the office of Andrew H. Tran, CPA, as a staff accountant in Fountain Valley doing taxes. Having said that, I rarely have free time. However, with the little free time that I do have, I love to spend the day following up on personal reading at a local coffee shop, and ending the night with a good meal with my close group of friends and families. Outside of that, I meditate on a regular basis.
5) What gives you hope, and why?
My parents, and their unwavering love.
Thank you, Kayley, for giving the gift of hope.