Since change happened in our political arena the Alliance has received an increase in volunteers stepping up to make a difference. Many of these volunteers have been our allies, wanting to do something to help our community.
Jeana and John Roth owners of John’s Tex-Mex in the South Wedge have been supporters of the Alliance for many years. They have generously shared their resources both financially and in product. Jeana Bonacci-Roth felt this was not enough and wanted to become involved in the day-to-day function of the Alliance.
In the short time that Jeana has been volunteering she has proven herself to be invaluable. Jeana has taken on the responsibilities of a part-time Administrative Assistant; no task is too big or small for her to handle. Since the Alliance moved to College Ave., programming has exploded, leaving the staff wearing many hats within the agency. Jeana has stepped right in and offered support to Alliance staff.
When asked why she started volunteering here, Jeana said, “There are multiple reasons I chose to start volunteering at the Alliance. I have been a longtime supporter and advocate of the LGBTQ community. My husband and I own John’s Tex-Mex and have seen the value in supporting the Alliance financially, but I wanted to do more. I had been so angry, frustrated, and downright depressed with the state our nation. I thought it best to be proactive and channel that energy into something positive. I also have been trying to get a better grasp of what interests me in order to make a career change and use my college degree. With some time on my hands I figured I should be lending it to a cause and organization that is so close to my heart. So here I am.
“I am so honored and touched to be selected as Volunteer of the month. I absolutely love being here. The past few months here have been humbling, inspiring, and life changing. I get the opportunity to work with some of the kindest, most dedicated, and positive people I have ever met. It has given a whole new meaning to my life and helped me to better identify my life’s purpose. I am a food server by trade but 10 plus years in the industry has worn on me. Through my volunteering I’ve realized that I truly love to serve people, but in different respect than what I’m use to. Here my work has meaning. It’s not about making money, it’s about selflessly helping and serving others for a greater good. Through my volunteering here I have come to the realization that the nonprofit sector is my destiny.
“To be quite honest, my volunteering here has saved me. I suffer from depression and was in the midst of severe bout with it. Coming into the Alliance two to three times a week not only helped me to get out of my head (and bed), but also put me amongst inspiring, positive people who sincerely and deeply care about others. Being surrounded by so much strength and compassion helped light the way in my dark time and helped me to find those qualities within myself. My volunteering at the Alliance has helped me just as much as it’s helped them.”