People who give of their personal time to care for others are among some of the best people in the world. Here at United Way, we get to meet a lot of those folks and we try to shine a spotlight on them - in thanks for what they do but also to inspire others.
Our volunteer spotlight this month is on Jean Jones! Jean works tirelessly behind the scenes to support the students, staff and families of Enka Middle. Jean coordinates monthly staff appreciation efforts –ranging from baked treats to arts and crafts to helping to organize a lunch (in conjunction with her church, Francis Asbury UMC) for all of the staff once each semester. We asked Jean a few questions about volunteering, middle school and life:
Why do you volunteer at Enka Middle?
I volunteer at Enka Middle because it is fun and meaningful. I learned about opportunities to support the school through my church. I am grateful for all the people who challenged and inspired my children to learn, create, think, wonder, solve problems and work with others. I hope that in some small way I can be a part of helping other children grow and learn as well.
What small act of kindness were you once shown that you will never forget?
I will always remember how wonderful it was to walk into my home, see my family and smell dinner cooking on a December afternoon twenty one years ago. My husband and children tidied up the house and prepared a meal to welcome me home from a stay in the hospital.
What makes someone a hero?
I think we can all be heroes when we choose kindness and generosity and when we are brave enough to share our gifts and talents in this world. My family members are my heroes. One well known person I consider a hero was Mr. Fred Rogers.
What activities make you lose track of time?
Some activities that make me lose track of time are walking in nature, reading, baking, visiting with family and friends, and creating with my sewing machine.
What’s something new you recently learned about yourself?
My husband and I moved here from Austin, Texas a couple of years ago. Since then I have learned that mountains make me happy and that I can stay warmer in winter than I imagined.
What two questions do you wish you knew the answers to?
- What new things will my grandchildren and adult children discover or experience today?
- What is the best cookie recipe ever?
A big thank you to Jean and all of our volunteers at Enka Middle!