Volunteer Spotlight

Suzy Wilkoff

Volunteers come from all walks of life, but Suzy Wilkoff came from the skies. In addition to a long career as a sales rep with a major airline, Suzy owns a company that provides productivity consulting services. Recently retired, Suzy wanted to have a rich, full volunteer life to take the place of her busy corporate days. She saw an article in the paper about the Homeless Coalition, and went on line to volunteer with our organization. We called her, she came in for an interview, and has now been volunteering with the Coalition for 15 months.

Suzy’s corporate world skills have been valuable at the Homeless Coalition, where she offers assistance in the office, helping with event preparation, and special projects. In January, she spearheaded an office endeavor in conjunction with National Get Organized Month.

Suzy says that her work at the Homeless Coalition “warms my heart,” and she finds the special events work, “a blast!” She especially likes the collaborative spirit that takes over at times like event planning.

At one point, while living in Washington DC, Suzy remembers having thoughts of opening a homeless shelter. But her work responsibilities prevented that from coming about. So it seems fitting that now, Suzy helps those less fortunate by sharing her skills with an organization that directly helps the homeless, in a way she once wanted to, and now does.

Karen Smith

Karen Smith always felt compelled to give back in her community.  She started donating to a local charity, felt she could do more, and began volunteering at the Homeless Coalition a couple days a week.  Karen’s bright and loving personality permeates through her willingness to serve her community and it shows through the work she does here at the Homeless Coalition.

As a former business owner, Karen lends her expertise and knowledge to solidify smaller fundraisers and writes “how-to-guides” as a guidance for the staff and our volunteers. 

Karen says, “I’m a roll up my sleeves and do what is needed kind of girl” and that is just what she did for our fifth Annual Mayor’s Ball.  This year was her first experience with the Mayor’s Ball and she assisted the Event Coordinator with registration and was a “Ballroom Diva” for the remainder of the evening.

“There needs to be a social change in the thought process about homelessness. I was once homeless myself, not by choice but by circumstance,” she said.  Karen’s devotion to change the perception of homelessness is inspiring.

Thank you Karen for diligently working to end homelessness in our community and for making our day bright with your warm smile and witty personality!

Linda Chandler

If you call the Homeless Coalition, the kind, helpful voice on the other end of the line is most likely Linda Chandler.  Linda answers the phones and helps direct callers to the services they need.  She has been volunteering 20 hours a week in the Homeless Coalition’s administrative offices since August 2016.

Linda says she empathizes with those who are experiencing homelessness and wanted to give back to the community. She heard about the Homeless Coalition through AARP. She is pleased to be able to help people find the right resources

Linda worked for the Palm Beach County School Board for more than two decades. She retired early to care for her husband, Jerry.

Before becoming a volunteer, Linda says she did not realize the enormity of the homeless issue. She says she is encouraged that we can end homelessness in Palm Beach County when she sees the proactive, passionate nature of the Homeless Coalition staff.

Thank you Linda for your dedication to our team!



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Minimum Wage Doesn't Pay the Rent in Palm Beach County
The School District of Palm Beach County Reports
4,414 students are homeless.

Current Needs

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  • Adult men's & women's undergarments (new)
  • Adult men's & women's socks (new)
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