She is the woman that ensures that everyone feels welcomed and connected to our mission here at Philabundance. Her name is Laura Macenka, and we feel so incredibly fortunate to work with her.

Laura is the Director of Volunteers and Events, but her abilities go far beyond her title. With a background in event planning and a talented team in tow, she ensures that every volunteer has an impactful experience. From regular weekly volunteer shifts at our warehouse and special event activities, to working directly with our member agencies and finding safe ways to overcome pandemic challenges, Laura and her team make sure the volunteer experience runs smoothly and efficiently.

We are always looking for innovative ways to expand our volunteer program, and Laura is there to lead the effort. During the pandemic, Laura helped ensure personal safety of on-site volunteers while also creating virtual opportunities for volunteers to remain engaged. This summer she will oversee new night and weekend volunteer opportunities to welcome even more volunteers unavailable for a weekday shift, as well as a multigenerational experience that will give families with children 12 years and older the opportunity to volunteer together.

We are so thankful that Laura is on our team and deeply appreciate her efforts and the other Volunteer and Events team members who continually go above and beyond!