It’s about caring for your fellow person and your neighbor. It takes a village to raise a child and I want to do my part or find a way to help a parent in need.
Jesse Lockhart has been with Flint Energies Electric Co-operative for 13 years and in that time has volunteered to help at nearly every event the co-op sponsors, including donating blankets on the coldest days of the year, stocking food pantries and donating school supplies to local schools.
In his spare time, Jesse is an advocate for children’s rights and takes care of those who are abused or neglected through Rainbow House Children’s Resource Center, a child advocacy center. He has fought for child abuse prevention and organized 5K race events to build awareness during Child Abuse Prevention Month in April.
“I volunteer my time because everyone, although some people may not want to admit it, has needed somebody to look out for them or help them along the way at some point” said Jesse. "I’ve always been someone who tries to contribute. I got that from my parents when I was a kid.”
Jesse also encourages children to be healthy and team players through his involvement with the nonprofit, Kids and Pros, which develops character and skills through youth athletics.
“I always tell the kids, ‘I can’t stop you from doing something wrong, but I can hold you accountable’. I try to teach them to think about the consequences of their actions and if they still do it, they have to be willing to accept whatever punishment goes with it.”
His co-workers who nominated Jesse for the cruise say Jesse is an excellent role model to not only the children he encounters but also to his fellow employees. His volunteer spirit is contagious and makes them all want to do better.
When not volunteering, Jesse and his wife Rae Marie love taking weekend trips away and spending time with their six grandchildren. Rae Marie will be joining Jesse on the cruise!