(Contact Center Operations Manager)
I have been involved with the Golden Eagle Baseball and Loomis Youth Soccer Club for 16 years as a baseball and soccer coach. For 15 of those years I have served on the board of directors as the league vice president, volunteering 15 hours a week. I was fortunate enough to play baseball in college as a pitcher for St. Ambrose University; and having five boys with completely different personalities, kind of makes me an expert in the behavior of young men. Not much of what the kids on my teams do surprise me.
My kids are my inspiration and helping other kids achieving their dreams or goals really makes volunteering rewarding. I love watching young kids learn and grow and believe that competition makes them mentally strong. Even the kids that don’t have the best athletic ability amaze me with their heart and love of the game.
A few years ago, I was coaching a young man on my team whose father was deployed in Iraq. For a couple hours a week, you could see him relax and let his anxiety fade while he was on the baseball field. At the end of the season, the entire team signed a game ball and sent it, along with our championship trophy, to his dad. The young man’s excitement at being able to share his success with his father who was protecting our nation is my most rewarding experience.
I love the support and the flexibility that First Tech provides me that allows me to give back to the community.
(Enterprise Risk Specialist)
I volunteer weekly with the Oregon Food Bank (OFB), assisting in processing the frozen vegetables, dried foods and various food drive donations. It started with a single First Tech group visit. I was so impressed with the regular volunteers and the organization as a whole that nearly three years later, I’m still involved.
As a seasoned volunteer, I enjoy serving as a resource for new OFB volunteers who have questions during their shift, and for First Tech employees interested in volunteering with OFB. I grew up in Hawaii where there’s a community-oriented mindset, and that still lives with me today. I have organized several large group volunteer shifts for First Tech employees and am proud to have inspired several of them to become regular volunteers.
Volunteering with the OFB is rewarding because at the end of each shift you learn how many meals you processed. I myself have known what it’s like to not know where or when you next meal is. Regardless if you volunteer your time or money, you know that you made a significant and direct impact across Oregon and Southwest Washington.
Volunteering is also a great opportunity to get to know other likeminded individuals in my community. I’m thankful that I have an employer who values community involvement. I didn’t volunteer regularly before First Tech introduced paid community service hours. It’s huge to have volunteering so ingrained in the First Tech culture.
About six years ago, I began working with Project Linus. I currently volunteer an average of six to seven times a month. While volunteering, I sew blankets, sort donated fabric, shop for fabric (on sale at JoAnn’s), and prepare kits for other volunteers to sew.
I chose Project Linus because they help kids with a multitude of different needs and issues. I have heard from moms whose children received blankets while in the hospital and how much it meant to them. They still have the blankets and talk about the nice people who brought it to them.
I love kids and being able to provide a warm blanket they can call their own; sometimes that’s all they have. Plus, it allows me to put my greatest strength – my tenacity for detail – to work. It absolutely helps when I volunteer!
The 16 paid community service hours from the credit union for community service is appreciated, but the best part is hearing what other types of community service activities employees do. It reminds me that together we can make a difference in the lives of others.