Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Volunteer of the Month: Jeremy McCoy

Jeremy is new to Rebuilding Together Seattle, but that hasn't curbed his enthusiasm as an RTS volunteer!  Jeremy helped out a group on Spring Rebuilding Day in April, and afterward got in touch with RTS to figure out how he could be more involved.  He signed on to the Site Preview Team AND the Year Round Program (YRP) team, and within a couple weeks had completed a preview or two and started on his first YRP project.  Jeremy has also contributed to the RTS office by lending his computer saavy talents in creating an online forum for volunteers to sign up for projects that are available. Wow!!

1. Why did you choose to get involved with RTS?
I was asked by John Hanks to provide materials to a project he was project managing for Spring Rebuilding Day.  Over the course of the day, I was amazed by the organization and enthusiasm I was surrounded by.  After spending the day helping out without much of a role, I realized that I had talents I could lend and a strong desire to become more involved.  I've since been acclimated into both the site preview team and the year round program team.
2. What do you enjoy the most about working with our organization?
As a "jack of all trades" type, I find that the activities i've been involved with fit well with what I enjoy and my skillset.  There is nothing more satisfying than using your strengths in an activity that you enjoy for the benefit of those who need them.  The kindness of those who are recipients of our work only furthers the value of this program to my life.
3. What do your colleagues or other volunteers say about RTS?  
It's less about what they say than the spirit of enthusiasm and satisfaction they display both in the work and in the planning.  You can tell there is a real passion here at all levels from a first time volunteer to the director.
4. Why do they want to volunteer their time?
Feeling good feels good!  It becomes contageous when nourished by meaningful work alongside inspired people for a mission that is both needed and wanted.  There is plenty of each of these elements in the work done by RTS.
5. What about the RTS mission are you most drawn to? 

The RTS mission focuses on things that are so easily taken for granted, but so necessary to everyday
existance.  To be able to provide these basic necessities and to be a part of the enjoyment of someone receiving these gifts is truly magnetic.

Thank you, Jeremy, for your time and enthusiasm!!

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