The women of F&H are very active in community service.

JULIE FEIGELES, for over a decade, has served on the Executive Board of Casa Valentina, a non-profit organization that helps transition young women and men from foster care to independent living by providing safe affordable housing and various educational and social services.  Previously, Julie served on the Board of Directors of Hands On Miami, a non-profit devoted to volunteerism (1996-2006, Board Chair, 2003-2005).  As Chair of the Board, she was instrumental in establishing a Youth Volunteer Corp. and motivated the entire Board to participate in annual service projects, which included the construction of homes with Habitat for Humanity and working with local artists to beautify high traffic areas.  Julie has spent hundreds of hours leading volunteer projects, including reading to children in homeless and protective shelters, and painting, planting and cleaning numerous inner city schools.  Julie also served as an inaugural member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for FIU’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work (2013-2015).  She has participated in the University of Miami School of Law Minority Mentoring Program and has tutored elementary and middle school students.
SAMANTHA HAIMO has a passion for volunteering in her children’s elementary school and has dedicated countless hours in and outside the classroom.  In addition, Samantha has organized and runs the school’s Book Exchange which helps elementary school students develop a true desire for reading.  Samantha is also dedicated to assisting animals in need through her participation in Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida (LRROF), a volunteer state-wide organization dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and placing Labrador Retrievers in loving, permanent homes.   Through Samantha’s efforts and love for animals, many abandoned animals have been placed in loving homes, including her own.  Recently, Samantha also organized a group of volunteers to work at the Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary in the Florida Keys to assist in habitat maintenance as well as a highway and beach cleanup.