There is nothing more rewarding than working as a team to meet a common goal, or better yet, exceed that goal!
Jessica Brown of Gadsen, Alabama started volunteering in high school as a member of several civic organizations. She spent her time making comfort caps for cancer patients, participating in trash pickups and hosting fundraisers. That desire to give back followed her to college and into her early adulthood, where she now volunteers with several nonprofit organizations, including the United Way (UW) of Etowah County.
“I currently volunteer with United Way of Etowah County, Council on Aging of Etowah County, the Cheaha Chapter Young Professionals Group (YPG), The Chamber of Gadsden/Etowah County and my local church, Cornerstone,” says Jessica. “I volunteer for United Way’s Day of Action as well as their Success by 6 initiative. I serve as the fundraising chair for Council on Aging of Etowah County and President of the Cheaha Chapter YPG. I also serve on the Student Leadership Committee through The Chamber. I serve in the nursery as well as help count money at my local church. I really enjoy serving with others. Some of the best friends I have ever made I met by volunteering. One of my biggest strengths is organization, so I love working with civic groups and nonprofits to help organize their events or fundraisers.”
United Way works in partnership with the agencies, organizations, local business and government to help advance the common good by focusing on Education, Financial Stability, Health, and providing a Safety Net. United Way of Etowah serves the residents of Altoona, Attalla, Gadsden, Glencoe, Hokes Bluff, Mountainboro, Rainbow City, Reese City, Ridgeville, Sardis City, Southside, and Walnut Grove. Currently, 27 member-agencies, providing over 50 services/programs, receive financial support from the organization.
“I’m very passionate about United Way because of their mission,” says Jessica. “Our United Way is a huge part of our community. More than 5,000 residents volunteer their time and donate to UW. I know that alone my time and donations might not make as significant of an impact in our community, but when they are combined with others, it really makes a difference!”
Jessica also spends time volunteering for the Council on Aging, providing services to senior citizens in her community, as well as serving as the President of the Cheaha Chapter Credit Union’s Young Professional Group. YPG focuses on professional and personal development, philanthropy, advocacy and networking.
When she isn’t volunteering, Jessica loves to travel, shop, read, watch movies, play board games with her family and host dinner parties with friends. Her favorite Cabot cheddar is Farmhouse Reserve.
Jessica will be accompanied by her husband Cason.