Hands On Miami Ceo Leila Chang Ripich Sees Opportunity Tomakevolunteering Secondnature
Written by Miami Today on May 7, 2009
After lending a hand as a volunteer since the ’90s, Guantánamo-born, Miami-bred Leila Chang Ripich is now the face of Hands On Miami as its new president and chief executive officer. She succeeds founder and longtime leader Patrick Morris.
Until now, Ms. Chang Ripich’s career has been rooted in the private sector, but trying her hand in the non-profit world feels like a fit, she says.
A longtime community volunteer whose spirit of giving is rooted in her family background, devoting herself fulltime to the volunteer organization is a welcome change and challenge, Ms. Chang Ripich says.
Hands On Miami coordinates volunteers for about 80 projects a month. More than 10,000 Miamians have participated in at least one project in the past year — and Ms. Chang Ripich hopes to boost that number. Ready to get her hands dirty, she shared her vision with staff writer Risa Polansky in an interview in the organization’s United Way-based offices. To read this profile article in its entirety, subscribe to Miami Today’s E-paper. With the E-paper you will be able to read the entire contents of Miami Today online exactly as it appears in print. Or order this issue, to receive a regular printed copy of this week’s Miami Today. You may also subscribe to the printed edition of Miami Today to receive the newspaper every week by mail.