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.
 
KRISTEN CARDOSO is an active member of the Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale, an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.  Kristen has been a member of various committees in the Junior League, including the Childhood Fitness & Nutrition committee, which creates and implements programs to successfully address the obesity epidemic affecting children living in Broward County through nutrition education and the promotion of a physically active lifestyle.  Kristen helped organize the first ever Field Day event for the children of SOS Children’s Village and Kids in Distress (KID).  She has also volunteered at Feeding South Florida food bank, sorting and packaging food to help feed those who struggle with food insecurity in South Florida.  Kristen also enjoys volunteering at her son’s school and is committed to helping families and children in her local community.
 
STEPHANIE VAYNRIBER actively participates in her daughter’s preschool located in Weston, Florida.  As a parent-volunteer, Stephanie has contributed to the community by organizing the collection of charitable donations for children and less fortunate families in the community, and for children in third world countries.  She participates in clothing, food, and toy drives in Broward County.