Volunteer Services Manager, Jacob Wright
Why do people volunteer? To me, volunteering is a selfless act that can transform the lives of those on the receiving end and the volunteers themselves. It’s a beautiful exchange of time, skills, and compassion that can create a positive ripple effect in the communities we serve.
Volunteering allows you to make a difference, not only for the sake of others but for yourself as well!
As the Volunteer Services Manager for Camp Fire First Texas, my job is to discover the organization’s needs, whether that be a field trip chaperone or additional project support. Once the requirements are established, I connect passionate community volunteers with these opportunities. Volunteers are invaluable because their backgrounds and experiences offer unique insight and create positive experiences for the children and youth we serve as they learn from you!
“At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished… It’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.” – Denzel Washington
Camp Fire is dedicated to youth development, and part of that is through community development. Giving back to your community influences the current and future generations and makes a lasting difference.
How can you make an impact? Here is my volunteer experience with Camp Fire.
I volunteered in our programs when I started as the Camp Fire First Texas Volunteer Manager. I presented for the Career Speaker Series with Teens in Action and discussed my role and educational background. The naturally curious students asked me about my favorite TV shows and interests. Still, my favorite question would be, “What skills make someone successful in a job?”
This question was from a group of middle school students, and they were already thinking this far ahead!
My answer was adaptability, resourcefulness, creativity, and a willingness to learn. Ideas that these students were already exhibiting! While there are many things that I took away from this experience, my most memorable is the continued need to help guide the next generation. Assisting students to imagine new possibilities is part of the charge of education, and I would like to invite you to take part in this!
Your background and experiences are valuable to our work with children and youth. If you have ever wanted to make a difference, I invite you to join us as we work to go higher together with our programs. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities, such as:
- Career Speaker Series
- Social Responsibilities with Teens in Action
- Field Trip Chaperone
- Afterschool Homework Helpers
- Event Help
- Special Skills Help (photography, carpentry, and more)
- Office Help
If you enjoy working with children and youth and helping mentor the next generation, volunteering at Camp Fire is for you! I invite you to join Camp Fire First Texas’ volunteer network to learn more about upcoming events and how to become engaged. I encourage you to volunteer in some capacity for a cause you feel strongly about; it will truly impact your life.