I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting over the past week about my time at United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area. I still remember sitting in class my junior year at Mary Baldwin College listening to an alumna speak about pouring her passion for helping others into her local United Way. That was the first time I realized that I could put my skills in planning and organizing into a career with a nonprofit.
Here I am several years later realizing that vision I had that moment became a reality in my time with the United Way. My love for color-coded folders, to-do lists and planning months in advance has turned into successful United Way Laurence E. Richardson Day of Caring events, a book drive, an inaugural United Way Family Volunteer Day and more. I have watched ideas grow and become real events that have hopefully made an impact during my time here.
While I can only hope that I’ve made a difference on our community, I know that my time here has made a difference on me. I’ve met people who have inspired me to be more kind, more active, more engaged and more motivated. I’ve made friends that I will stay connected with forever. I became a mom for the first time and was lucky to have board members and colleagues who encouraged me and supported me in my quest to be a hands-on mother and a reliable, hard working employee. I also realized that not everything can be planned out perfectly and that sometimes, life is all about the adventure.
Now, it’s time for me to start a new adventure with my family. Our boxes are packed and we’re headed from the land of orange and blue to the city of black and gold. From the bottom of my heart, I thank each of you for your support, your encouragement and your patience as I have grown into this role. It’s a bittersweet day for me to leave behind a role that has been so rewarding to me. I am excited, though, to meet new people and find new ways to plug into my new community. I’ve been told that I need to learn the lingo of Pittsburgh, so I’ll say this one more time to an audience who will understand me…thanks for everything, y’all! Take care!
Posted by: Jessica Snyder, United Way Volunteer Center Director
Note: United Way staff are providing a seamless transition in carrying on Jessica's responsibilities. Kim Connolly, Vice President of Community Engagement is leading the Volunteer Center as well as the United Way Laurence E. Richardson Day of Caring, with the able assistance of Megan Borishansky, our Information and Referral Specialist. We are here to help you with your volunteer needs. Call us at 434.972.1701.
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