Volunteer Spotlight on Jessica Fraser
National Volunteer Week, which is from April 15-21, is a time to celebrate and thank our volunteers for all that they do. This year’s theme is to celebrate the value of volunteering- building confidence, competence, connections and community.
We asked Jessica to tell us what her "aha" moment about United Way was, this is what she said:
“I would say my 'aha' moment was going to Community Care as a teenager and seeing the amount of food on the shelves (which I thought was fantastic) but then noticing the number of people coming to get food and going back a few days later and seeing the shelves nearly empty. It makes you realize how these programs need constant support, not just a day here and there throughout the year.
Also, visiting YWCA and the Raft and seeing the beds they were sleeping on, sometimes sharing with multiple people - no stability, and no comfort. But these people, although sad about their situations, were always the people that were there to help others when going on trips or out in the community. Their values for life and appreciation for the simple things was beautiful and sad to see at the same time.
You see the power of people standing together in a community to make a difference and treat one another equally. They are role models for the next generation on giving back.”
Volunteers are not only helping people in need, but they are also gaining new skills such as management skills, communication or teaching skills, or knowledge of current social and political issues. Research has shown that volunteering and giving can even contribute to improved overall health and well-being
We appreciate everything that you do Jess, and we are happy to dedicate this year’s National Volunteer Week to you!.