For National Volunteer Week, we spoke with Kyle Cucuzza, 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: JEVS mission in helping people in the Philadelphia area reach their full potential as people and professionals, aligns directly with a passion of mine in seeing others advance in life despite not having the best start, set of tools, environment etc. I think it is very important that we don’t let talent slip through the cracks. The world misses out on so much by not having people reach their full potentials.
Q: What kinds of volunteer activities do you participate in?
A: I’ve been fortunate enough to help with JEVS Project WOW, as well as some other events. I’ve done some resume critiquing as well as mock interviews. I’ve also recently been able to participate in an in-person coat drive as well as an in-person event at JEVS’ Orleans Technical College, giving out essential supplies and gifts.
Q: What has the experience been like for you so far?
A: Definitely being able to directly see people positively affected by your help. Two scenarios that come to mind are the smiles I was able to share and see during the coat drive JEVS had this past winter, and the sincere gratitude and positivity I hear from the other end of the phone when calling people in the area to let them know about career advancement opportunities JEVS helps to facilitate.
Q: What would you say to others thinking about volunteering at JEVS?
A: Do it! There is a great team in place at JEVS, and what ever the capacity is you choose to help, you can’t go wrong. In helping others, we truly are helping ourselves as well as enriching our own lives. I would suggest JEVS to anyone looking for a volunteering opportunity in our area that directly impacts peoples lives.
Interested in volunteering at JEVS Human Services? Visit our Volunteer page to learn about upcoming opportunities.