Meet Chinnu Meher-Homji
As a Fort Bend County resident since 1984, I was aware of and inspired by the work that Child Advocates of Fort Bend does for children in the county and I had always wanted to volunteer with CAFB. When my company ExxonMobile, moved its Houston offices from downtown to the Woodlands a couple of years ago, the long, stressful daily commute triggered my decision to retire early, which freed up time for me to pursue long-deferred hobbies and volunteer activities, including volunteering with CAFB.
What motivates you to volunteer?
I’m very aware that I’ve had a blessed life and am so grateful for my beloved parents who taught me that we MUST care, not only for family and friends, but also for those in need or who are less fortunate. To me, volunteering is about caring for the broader community and the world in which we live and about actually doing something to make a positive difference in the lives of others. It is also just in my nature to volunteer, and I sometimes have a difficult time saying “no”.
Volunteering is rewarding! There is joy giving one’s time and attention to others. I have learned through personal experience that I can make a positive difference in someone’s life, and it is a wonderful feeling. So many people, especially children, are in unfortunate and sometimes very sad circumstances, through no fault of their own. A little help and support from strangers can sometimes go a long way in changing the trajectory of their lives. Being a part of that support system makes me happy. Volunteering has also taught me to appreciate my life, my family and my friends even more.
What would you tell your friends about your volunteer experience with Child Advocates of Fort Bend?
I love volunteering with Child Advocates of Fort Bend! While it has been eye-opening and sometimes heart-wrenching to meet children who have suffered abuse, I also know that CAFB is making a tremendous difference in breaking the cycle of abuse for these families, and I am privileged to be a volunteer with this organization.
What do you like to do in your spare time (hobbies/interests)?
In addition to spending time with family and friends, I love working on crafts, especially making handmade cards (birthday, etc.) for family and friends. Attending live concerts is another passion of mine. I volunteer regularly with Fort Bend Master Gardeners as a certified Master Gardener. I also enjoy reading books, and am an active “customer” of the Fort Bend County Library.
What is a fun fact you would like people to know about you?
My friends mean a lot to me and I stay in touch with them despite time and distance! I grew up in Africa (Kenya and Uganda) and, for the past 45 years, I’ve stayed in touch with my old school friends, even through they are now scattered across the world. For 45 years, I’ve also stayed in regular contact with my French teacher who lives in Northern Ireland and, for more than 47 years, I’ve corresponded (handwritten letters!) with my childhood pen friend in New Zealand.