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Why I Volunteer at JEVS: Q&A with Emily Dones

We spoke with one of our partners at Rivers Casino, Emily Dones. She shared her experience volunteering with JEVS.

Q: You could choose to spend your time with many organizations. Why do you volunteer at JEVS Human Services?

A: Rivers Casino Philadelphia (Formerly SugarHouse Casino) has partnered with JEVS for many years. Recently, we committed ourselves to spending more time volunteering with the different programs within JEVS, not just the job recruitment aspect. I enjoy working with the JEVS leadership.

Q: What kinds of volunteer activities have you participated in? Do you have a favorite and, if so, why?   

A: We’ve participated in several activities, including career fairs, Q&A sessions, mock interviews, and panel discussions. Recently, my favorite activity has been the mock interviews with the TechServ students. The students are clearly so proud of their progress and accomplishments and have worked hard to prepare for the interviews. It also allows us to provide some mentorship advice and remain humble to the fact that we have all started out as young professionals. I am thrilled that JEVS continued these programs and tailored them to a COVID-19 world.

Q: What would you say to others thinking about volunteering at JEVS?

A: There is so much joy in a JEVS partnership. You are introduced to an amazing team of program managers who, over time, become more than colleagues, they become friends. The program participants come from diverse backgrounds and you will have no problem finding your volunteering niche- whether it’s professional development, women and family services, GED programs, or simply helping the general mission.

Interested in volunteering at JEVS Human Services? Visit our Volunteer page to learn about upcoming opportunities.

Why I Volunteer at JEVS: Q&A with Vaughn Brown

For National Volunteer Week, we spoke with Vaughn Brown, a committed volunteer at JEVS Human Services about his experience. 

Q: You could choose to spend your time with many organizations. Why do you volunteer at JEVS Human Services?

A: I spent several years working in Philadelphia for a large retailer. On my first day in a new role, I connected with a JEVS employee, Evelyn Morales. Evelyn was energetic, welcoming, and eager to build a partnership.  Evelyn became an essential business partner with whom I worked to find career opportunities for her clients, who are people having a hard time finding employment.

Over time I met more of the JEVS team and I’ve been so impressed. Everyone within the JEVS organization has displayed dedication, passion, and commitment to making a difference in the community.

Q: What kinds of volunteer activities have you participated in? Do you have a favorite and, if so, why?   

A: I’ve participated in career readiness workshops for JEVS clients, helped to pack winter essentials care packages for their families, and recently had an opportunity to lead a team of volunteers to help reorganize the JEVS Thrift Store which provides clothing for clients.

I have enjoyed the opportunity to connect with folks and help them learn how to best showcase their experience and talents with prospective employers. I’ve had the pleasure of hiring a few individuals for employment. It’s inspiring to see how far a little help can go just by offering time and attention to those who need an opportunity.

Q: What would you say to others thinking about volunteering at JEVS?

A: I would encourage everyone to volunteer with JEVS. A little time goes a long way. While being able to donate items or money to JEVS is appreciated, time and support is welcomed just as much!

Interested in volunteering at JEVS Human Services? Visit our Volunteer page to learn about upcoming opportunities.

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