Time, talent and treasure. Those are the words often used to describe the contributions made by volunteers at non-profit organizations. While the role of volunteers looks different these days (like most everyone else, we’re doing far less in-person), the community we serve is in more need than ever, and organizations like JEVS Human Services are relying on our volunteers to help us meet critical needs. We are grateful to all of our volunteers—individuals and corporations—who are helping us continue to make hope happen. 

Pre-COVID we had a dedicated team of volunteers who regularly worked with clients to help hone their job search skills and grow their networks.  These days, we have volunteers who are conducting virtual mock interviews and job fairs for job seeking clients, tutoring a student in our college access program, doing in-person maintenance projects at our methadone clinic, and another running weekly on-line music therapy programs for adults in our disability programs.

Volunteers are also taking on special projects. For example, a retired legal professional recorded an instructional video on courtroom etiquette for our court diversion program, and our partners at Citizens Bank are conducting financial literacy workshops for our program participants. Individuals and corporate teams from Vanguard, State Farm, Rivers Casino, Macquarie, Enterprise have all stepped up to lend their time and talent.

Emily Dones of Rivers Casino sums up the reason they are committed to JEVS:

“What is really meaningful is knowing that we are making a difference on the ground, where people need help the most.  That is what keeps our hearts open to JEVS.”

JEVS has been the recipient of many essential items for the families and individuals we serve.  Over the past several months donations have included diapers, baby gear, new adult and children’s clothing, non-perishable food, and much more. The importance of donations like this can’t be underestimated, especially with the challenges of the pandemic.

Just ask Natalie, recent recipient of new baby gear and diapers:

“Thank you for the wonderful gifts you gave me and my son.  I truly appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to help me. I also want to say thank you to the people who give donations to the JEVS program as a whole because without you guys a lot of families who need those donations would be in a really bad place.”

Thanks to our partners at Marshalls Distribution Center, we held Operation Coat Check in December, collecting and sorting 700 new coats at our Orleans Technical College location for JEVS families. In addition to Marshalls, our in-kind donors include Aetna Better Health, AmeriHealth Caritas, Banana Republic, Bombas, Fresh Grocer, Giant, Mitzvah Circle, National Foam, Rivers Casino and Walmart.

Want to get involved?  Contact us and let us know your interests.  We’ll match you to a volunteer effort that will make you feel good—and help those among us struggling most during these challenging times.

 

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