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.