I am in synch with the mission and values of driver safety and that is really important when volunteering, you can make your greatest commitment when you feel connected to the organization.
Following a 30-year career with the Colgate-Palmolive Company, where she held various management and executive positions, Lavelle Jones retired in 2006. It was then that she realized she still had a lot more to give.
“It was really important for me to have a reason to get up in the morning and feel like I am contributing to this wonderful world we live in,” said Lavelle. “Volunteering is not just a way fill the retirement void, but instead allows me to continue to bring value to our society. I get back just as much as I put in, it’s a nice feeling.”
Lavelle volunteers with the AARP Driver Safety Program, which aids seniors through driving courses as they age. In 2012, she was Regional Volunteer of the Year and has served as New Jersey’s Chief Trainer and Deputy State Coordinator. Lavelle is currently a member of the 2017 AARP Driver Safety Program Volunteer Advisory Council and is a National Coordinator. Lavelle is also a lead volunteer with the New Jersey AARP state office.
Outside of AARP she volunteers with the Network for Public Education, an advocacy organization dedicated to preserving and strengthening public schools for current and future generations of students.
“I am passionate about the safety and well-being of both the young and old in our community,” said Lavelle. “Those are the areas that are most important to me, so I really enjoy what I do.”
In her free time Lavelle loves spending time with family, visiting museums, and going to see live music or vintage films. Her sister Jennifer Jones will be joining her on the cruise!