Golden Gate Half Marathon
Lafayette Autumn Carnival
SF Food Bank
Hot Chocolate 5k Run
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Some of the charities that benefit from our service

Lafayette Elementary Autumn Carnival


To HIM volunteers I would like to say – You ROCK!!! As I mentioned numerous times, we could not have the highly successful carnival we have without you. You make it happen! Your attitudes of service are amazing. You truly volunteer “from the heart” as the name of your organization accurately states. Lafayette School deeply appreciates you. Thank you for being the most awesome volunteers ever =)

~ Theresa G
Autumn Carnival Co chair
Lafayette Elementary School

The 35th Annual San Francisco Marathon


June 28, 2013

This is a letter of recommendation for the volunteer group, Heart In Motion.

My name is Lea Troeh, and I’m the Volunteer, Events, and Charity Coordinator at The SF Marathon.

Ms. Dy Juanco, organizer and leader of this group, has provided impeccable service throughout the three years I’ve worked with her; the group has been with us for a few years before I started in this position.  When I started, Ms. Dy Juanco’s group was recommended as a great resource based on previous years’ experiences.  Indeed, the recommendation was true!  

Heart In Motion always comes prepared, organized, punctual, and energetic.  Leading up to the event, Ms. Dy Juanco is prompt to reply to emails, willing to recruit the pertinent number of volunteers, and aware of the abilities of her group.  She brings the promised number of volunteers on time, and the group is always patient, professional, and flexible to meet the event’s needs.  She brings experienced captains to help mentor and guide the students during the shifts. Some of our shifts start at 6am; the students show up ready to go and eager to please!

My staff have only great comments about Heart In Motion volunteers after the event:  “I only want to work with them!” ; “They’re coming back next year, right?” ; “Those students work so hard!”

I asked Ms. Dy Juanco if I could write a recommendation letter; she did not solicit it from me.  That is how much of a pleasure Heart in Motion is as a partner!


Lea Troeh

Volunteer, Events, and Charity Coordinator at The SF Marathon

Chinese New Year Run


The teens helped stuffed 1500 goodie bags in a manner of 2 hours. In assembly line fashion the team of loaded 125 juice cases, 65 cases of water, and various items here and there. They might have broken a sweat, but their morale and spirit stayed strong. They were dependable, reliable, and always willing to help. With their fearless leader Calvin in tow to guide and help them throughout.

Thank you again for you and your youth’s contribution!

~ Denise H
Teen Programs Director
Chinatown YMCA

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy


I want to thank you so much for offering the services of your volunteers to me. They were the best volunteers I have every had. They were responsive (answered the emails I sent promptly), punctual, neat, happy, and incredibly hard workers. Nothing I asked was too much trouble!

I look forward to working with Heart In Motion in the future. It was a privilege!

Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year,

~ Dana M
Volunteer Coordinator
Kung Pao Kosher Comedy

2012 Deck the Hall


Thank you so much for your assistance in recruiting volunteers to help at the San Francisco Symphony’s 2012 Deck The Hall. The event was a huge success in large part from the efforts of your volunteers.

They arrived on time and were ready and willing to take any assignment. The San Francisco Symphony’s Junior Committee members were very happy and impressed with your group.

Thank you again for all your help. We look forward to working together again next year!

Warm regards,

~ Carla B
Co-Chair, Elves Committee
Junior Committee of San Francisco Symphony

SF Flute Festival


The SF Flute Festival was a big success thanks in large part to the volunteers from HIM! They were warm and friendly, took their jobs seriously, with smiles and willing attitudes, and caught on to our procedures quickly. When one who had signed up was unable to attend, they coordinated with each other so another filled in. They truly saved the day when two of my key volunteers were unable to attend due to illness. In a word, they were great! We couldn’t have managed without them!!

I look forward to working with HIM volunteers in the future. Thanks, everyone!

~ Sue R

Assistant Director

45th Annual Plant Sale


We at the San Francisco Botanical Garden would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for the truly significant help provided by Heart in Motion.

On Friday the group of volunteers showed up promptly and were extremely helpful and did a fantastic job.

They worked in will call with Naomi our team leader there. She reported that her volunteers were fantastic, smart, quick to learn and hardworking.

Diane, our nursery manager had nothing but praise for the group who helped out as tag pullers, she also remarked on how smart and hardworking the volunteers were.

I worked with a group loading plants and checking receipts and they were equally wonderful.

On Saturday, the HIM team helped out at our upper nursery getting it ready to receive the plants not sold at the sale. They worked with Diane and again, she had nothing but praise. She was absolutely thrilled with the help that HIM provided.

Thank you all so very, very much. HIM volunteers were really a tremendous group and I can’t say how much I and all of us who worked on the plant sale appreciated their help.

I hope we can call on you again next year for the plant sale. And I hear that Hear in Motion is coming back to help in our Children’s Garden. Thanks for your support.

~ Carol L

2012 Presidio 10K Run


What a great group of kids!  They were eager to help, with their hands in the air to volunteer for any task, even though it was 6:30 AM on a foggy morning by the Bay.  And they were smart.  Just a brief explanation and they were at it.  They helped provide water to tired runners, operated the clothing-check booth, put together and distributed the Prize Bags at the finish line, and a bunch of other emergency needs that came up.  The Presidio 10 received the highest annual award from the Road Runners Club of America for the “Best Road Race of 2012”.  We could never have done it without the great kids from Heart in Motion.  Thanks.

~ Jamie S
The Guardsmen

Run Wild For A Child


WOW! If I could only use one word to sum up our recent experience with HIM volunteers — it would simply be “WOW!” What a wonderful, well organized and enthusiastic group. HIM recruited and organized over 85 teens to handle almost the entire Postrace Expo for our annual Run Wild For A Child event benefiting the San Francisco Fire Fighter’s Toy Program. They showed up on time, ready and willing – and their enthusiasm was palpable. We received so many compliments from participants about their overall experience — and, much praise from our postrace supervisors who were quite impressed with how great the volunteers were. Thanks so, so much for all your hard work on this event — past events – and hopefully many future events!

Nancy N
RhodyCo Productions

Lafayette Elementary Multi Cultural Night


Even though I’m not the chair of Multi Cultural Night (though I helped with food set-up and serving) I want to say….HIM did it again!  They ROCK!  Thanks soooooooo much to everyone who volunteered.  They helped tremendously…great attitudes, initiative, knew what to do with little instruction once again.  They’re the best!

Grateful for HIM,

~ Theresa G
Lafayette Elementary School

Toy and Joy


I just want to take a moment and thank you and every young adult who helped us prepare for our Toy and Joy distribution. It went well. I do not know what I would of done with out your help. I had a great time working with you and your group. Because of you we were able to serve 1,197 families and 2,684 children. You should have seen them as they selected their gifts. It was wonderful. I could not believe the amount of work you guys accomplished in such a short time. I would love to have your group come back and help us once again.  I hope your time here is as fun for you as it was for me.

~ Larry R
Operation Manager
The Salvation Army

Deck the Hall


Thank you so much for HIM’s assistance in recruiting volunteers to help at the San Francisco Symphony’s 2011 Deck the Hall. It was a delight to work with such an organized, dedicated and enthusiastic group of teens.  They arrived on time and were ready and willing to take any assignment. The event was a huge success in large part from the efforts of the fabulous HIM volunteers.

Thank you again to HIM and please pass along our sincere gratitude to each of the volunteers!

~ Mary S, Co-Chair
Junior Committee
The San Francisco Symphony

Lafayette Elementary Autumn Carnival


HIM provided Lafayette Elementary School’s Autumn Carnival with 45 of the most incredible volunteers to man our games and various activities.  I can’t thank you enough for the privilege of using them!  Our carnival would not have been the smashing success it was without them!   Not much instruction was given but the volunteers were able to take initiative and work under the blazing sun for almost the entire day! They were so responsible and had the best attitudes.  Our children thoroughly enjoyed having high school students work our games & activities; it was a great combination, young people helping younger. Our parents raved about them; they were so impressed with their hearts in serving our Lafayette community.  We absolutely want and need to have HIM volunteers come back to help us for all our future carnivals!  If you have an event you need capable, enthusiastic and responsible volunteers, I highly recommend contacting HIM.

Thank you, thank you, thank you HIM… you ROCK!!!

~ Theresa G
Autumn Carnival Co chair
Lafayette Elementary School

Kaiser Permanente Health Fair


Thank you for the help and for the kids on Saturday. They were a big help. It was nice to see kids volunteering and taking an interest in what they are doing. I don’t see that very often with volunteers!

~ Matt C
Fair & Festival Event Manager
The San Mateo County Fair

Taste of South Beach


I wanted to send over a quick note to thank you from the bottom of my heart for being at the Taste of South Beach/Mission Bay Food Festival this past Saturday to support Open Hand. It totally brightened my day (as usual) working with you and your students during the fair and I hope you know how incredibly grateful and lucky I feel to have your support. It’s so heartwarming to have people like you in my life, out there dedicating your valuable time to help POH.

~ Kari S
Special Events Coordinator
Project Open Hand

Mission Bay Food Festival


Thank YOU for providing such wonderful volunteers. They were enthusiastic and were very, very, very helpful. Please pass on my gratitude to them once again.

~ Jared S,
Assoc Dir of Development & Marketing / Dir of Special Events
Project Open Hand

Dessert First


It was wonderful to meet all the volunteers – having amazing volunteers like you really made my first event at Open Hand much less stressful and more fun! Thank you! They were such a pleasure to have them all and I am so incredibly grateful for your support and commitment to Open Hand, you are a rockstar!

~ Kari S
Special Events Coordinator
Project Open Hand

The 33rd Annual San Francisco Marathon


Heart in Motion made The SF Marathon run very smoothly. Their organizer Sandra pitched in wherever and whenever needed. She rallied large numbers of quality students to work in many areas of our 25,000 person event! Her kids received many compliments, even from the police chief! Heart in Motion came as a unified group and they were always punctual, cooperative, and helpful. I’d recommend them to other events organizers, for sure!

~ Lea T
Events and Volunteer Coordinator

Preparing Children’s Garden


June 17, 2011

The team was great and worked hard to help us prepare our John Muir Nature Trail, for our summer Acorn to Oak Program. Through there efforts we were able to create new paths and complete in one day what would have taken our team a whole summer. The teens worked well with our summer interns, and completed many tasks together as a team. We pruned back some over grown bushes, and branches. We weeded out large areas to create new paths and work areas for the kids to use in our summer program. Once again I want to thank you for sending such a great team our way.

~ Gretchen N
Supervisor for the Children’s Garden
SF Botanical Garden Society