As a small non-profit with 4 staff, we do a lot with a little. One of the reasons that we can do so much is because of our incredibly committed group of 50+ community volunteers who show up on a daily basis to support our work. These incredible folks sort clothing, help us fundraise, set up tables and tents for the Farmers Market at 6 am, pick up trash, hang up posters around town, serve on our board and various committees, advise us, encourage us and show us how lucky we are to be doing our work in this neighborhood. There is truly no place like St. Johns.
Our volunteer crew is a diverse group including longtime residents and newer community members, but their common drive is to give back, connect with neighbors and make a difference. We asked our volunteers to share with us why they volunteer and here is some of what they said:
“St. Johns Center for Opportunity provides a forum for neighbors to engage with and support one another”
“Because I love St. Johns and my neighbors”
“To engage with, promote, and be a part of my community in a positive way”
So, what do you get for volunteering at SJCO? A lot of warm, fuzzy feelings and a sense of community connection are two of the top results. Our volunteers say that they love meeting their neighbors, they love seeing the work that we’re doing in the community and being a part of supporting small businesses and neighbors in need. One volunteer explained the impact of volunteering with SJCO by saying she has found “...joy and a sense of accomplishment in helping others”.
If this sounds like your cup of tea, come join us as a volunteer. We’ve got lots of different roles to fill, from working events to sitting on committees to helping us plan for the future of our organization. It’s a lot of fun, but don’t take our word for it. Here is what our volunteers have to say to encourage you to join us:
“Come out and join us! We love to meet new people!”
“You won't regret it! Help your neighbors and community to thrive”
“It's 199% worthwhile. You get to know what's going on around town. You can be a part of events and engage with people you would probably not otherwise meet. Makes me smile, and offers you abundant good feelings at the end of the day. Learn about the resources that you may need some day while helping to continue their availability”