• Devon Mitchell

#MentorMeet: Donnie Soldan


Meet Donnie, husband and father of 4, a Costa Mesa firefighter, and a supportive Board Member with MentorMe Learning.

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✨What are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about helping people. I find the value in helping the community or anyone in need is my purpose in life. I feel fortunate that I can give back, whether it is financially, through time, or energy. My job has really opened my eyes to the amount of people just surviving in life and the amount of help there is to offer.”

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✨What does “mentoring” mean to you? “Mentoring to me is having the life experiences and knowledge to pass along to someone else. I think the most important part is the willingness to share and collaborate, and assists someone else in advancing in their pursuits, whatever their journey is. In mentoring my hope would be that the road could be a little less bumpy or more fruitful for someone else based on the knowledge I give.”

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✨How are you staying connected with others? “Grace, my wife, has been the best partner I could ask for. We have teamed up to make things happen as a family and plan ways for our family unit to stay connected through serving the community through our church and events with MML.”

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✨Is there someone who has been a mentor to you in a direct/unexpected way? “There have been people whose smaller actions have had significant effects on me-so many people that keep me going and keep me positive. One direct influence is my wife. Her wisdom, knowledge, love and support, is like having a mentor. She makes sense of my ideas, helps me make better decisions, and is always there through the ups and downs.” .

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✨What goals have you set for yourself moving into a new year? I am on the captains list for my department and there is an open spot… I am hoping to be promoted. I want to set an example for the younger guys coming in and have a positive influence, as well as be the next best version of myself and continue to grow.”

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What other ways do you stay involved and give back to your community? “Operation Santa is part of the @costamesafirerescue association where we collect and distribute toys to children who otherwise may go without presents during the holidays. Also, my church, @beachcitieschurch has given me great opportunities to give back to the community, through movie events, one-to-one care and peer support for individuals who need help.”

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