Jean Joley, Executive Director at the Volunteer Center, is the PCNRC’s newest guest blogger! To introduce Jean to you, here is a little bit about her. Look for her posts typically on the 4th Friday of every month.
Elise: What nonprofit do you serve in our community and what do yo do?
Jean: I am the Executive Director at the Volunteer Center. In a small agency the Executive Director will write grants, supervise staff, report to the board, answer the phone (at times) and do dishes (sometimes).
Elise: What is your favorite part of nonprofit work?
Jean: Favorite part of my work- I love to see the positive changes that happen in the community because of volunteer support. Our agency volunteers serve in many roles. Some love to do Festivals, Concerts and work as docents in local museums and agencies. Some prefer to work on projects that tug at their heart-strings. They will work in the Coats for Kids Campaign to make sure that all children have warm winter coats in this cold Indiana winter. Others are dedicated to providing free income tax preparation to low and moderate income families. Indiana Navigator volunteers assist families to receive healthcare through HIP 2.0 or enrolling in the Health Marketplace. The Second Chance Expungement Initiative allows trained volunteers to work with Criminal Justice Attorneys in assisting clients gain expungements of criminal records. All these activities have the common connection of helping their low-to-moderate income neighbors gain access to supportive services.
Elise: How did you come by this work?
Jean: How did I come by this work? I was a Director at St. Joseph Hospital and wanted more time to spend with my family (6 children) so I applied for the Director position on a trial basis. I’ve stayed for almost 30 years and went back to nursing on a part-time basis.
Elise: What one word would your friends use to describe you?
Jean: My friends would describe me as always thinking ahead. I’ve always got a “Plan B” in the works. They would say that I truly love my family. I’m a lucky person!
Elise: Do you have any pets?
Jean: No pets- just “ grand-puppies” to go along with my 20 grandchildren (17 years and under- lots of twin boys).
Elise: What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Jean: My refrigerator-forget it. But my cookie jar always has freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. My family will tell me when it is nearly empty!