Ah, who am I kidding — it didn’t take much wrangling! I love a party, I love helping people, and I love shenanigans. This was all of those things together. My teammates (Mike Messer, Lyle Johnson, and Amanda Boss) and I had a blast planning our events and raising money for Job Point.
As part of this event, we toured the Job Point facility. My Job Point coach at the time (Ben Falby, now a fellow board member) knew I had a soft spot for at-risk youth and made sure I met Gary Taylor, who oversaw the YouthBuild program. We talked a great deal and really made a connection over this program. I later had the opportunity to volunteer with these teens, teaching leadership and communication skills. This remains one of my favorite volunteer opportunities ever.
That was three years ago. It seems much longer — I feel I’ve always been a part of Job Point, as long as I can remember. The truth is, I was that kid who needed a second chance. I needed people to believe in me and show me how to find the way up. Job Point provides just that to so many. If you need help getting that GED, finding a mentor, or getting into college, Job Point is there to help. Job Point does other amazing things too, like providing trade skills training to anyone that wants it, as well as on-the-job assistance for those that need the extra help.
I love my community. I love all of the charities that I volunteer for. But Job Point is the one that holds the most special place in my heart. Having a way to provide for yourself and your family is so core to our identity and to feeling like we have control over our lives in this very messy world. If I can be a part of helping provide that — helping these kids change their family trees, or helping parents be able to provide for their kids — I’ll do all I can. I’ll serve as a board member, secretary, treasurer, event planner, message bearer, and loud cheerleader.
If you’d like to hear more about what we do or how you can be a part of it, email me. I’ll buy you coffee and talk to you all about how to give a hand up, not a hand out.