Janis Kennedy retired from Dow in 2015, but rather than moving toward a slower, more simple pace, Janis committed the better part of 2016 to volunteering. In her words, "I wanted to spend the year giving back." When she agreed to spend several days a week at TTLM for the better part of the year, we felt as though we'd hit the volunteer jackpot!
Because Janis is an outstanding process thinking, she asked us for a project and we handed her a big one: find community partners (corporate teams, small businesses, and churches) to "adopt" an Employment 101 class in order to fill the hundreds of volunteer roles represented in those classes throughout the year. And boy did Janis deliver! Thanks to her effort and get-it-done-attitude, TTLM hosted 22 Employment 101 classes this year through the help of 10 new community partners!
As her time drew to a close, we asked Janis what she learned about TTLM that she didn't know before:
- TTLM's services are truly unique and not available other places in our community.
- Most of TTLM's funding comes from individuals, not churches, and TTLM has a greater financial need than many assume.
- It takes approximately 400 volunteers each year to provide TTLM's services, and recruiting volunteers is some of the hardest work I've ever done!
"I've had a front row seat to major life transformation. Not only for our clients, but for their children and grandchildren - for generations to come. Serving at TTLM has challenged me in so many ways, and I now try to see every encounter as an opportunity to minister to someone. If you are considering becoming a TTLM volunteer, JUMP IN! It's an outstanding use of your time and resources!"
Is your company, business, or church interested in adopting an E101 Class?
A few hours of your time can make all the difference in helping someone land their next job! If you are looking for a high-impact volunteer opportunity, this is it! Call TTLM for more information - 979.529.9702.