Manya started volunteering with her daughters, Tatijana and Maja, on deliveries in 2014, and quickly began helping with the Clothing Closets (now called Welcome Waves). In fact, they were part of the first mobile Clothing Closet - literally handing out clothes from the back of Manya’s car in the parking lot of an apartment complex. They’ve also helped out in the warehouse, with adopt-a-family, and gathering donations from other community members.
Originally from Ohio, escaping the snow and cold weather, Manya has enjoyed spending time with her daughters at WTAP, and also teaching them about service, learning about other cultures and the importance of a warm welcome.
"It has been a blessing to show my girls the challenges that other people have overcome. They are compassionate young women who think carefully about and understand many global issues. I know their service with WTAP has contributed greatly to their outlooks.”
Manya and her family enjoy traveling and learning about other cultures, including reading and preparing recipes from countries around the world. Manya also loves foreign languages, and is always studying a couple other languages on the side. She speaks Spanish and a little bit of Serbo-Croatian, but has also studied, Italian, French, Portuguese, German, and Dutch.
Thank you, Manya, for your five years of service to WTAP!