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November 17, 2014

community service superstars

SECOND QUARTER 2014 – BY MELISSA MCGINTY, AMBASSADORS ACTION TEAM MEMBER

Meg Foreman - YPW Program & Marketing Manager

Congratulations to our Second Quarter Community Service Superstars! They will receive a free oil change courtesy of Davis–Moore Automotive.

YPW Service Superstar: Jennifer Collins

Jennifer Collins - Young Professionals of Wichita

Jennifer Collins participates in numerous volunteer opportunities sponsored by Young Professionals of Wichita. One of the events that touched her the most: “Big for a Day”.

“I’ve found that volunteering as a ‘Big’ has brought a perspective that enriches my home and work life,” Collins said.

The “Big for a Day” event, held in 2012, motivated Collins to become a “Big” herself—something she still proudly is. The event, hosted with Big Brothers Big Sisters, paired YPW members with perspective “Littles” for a morning of exploration at the Sedgwick County Zoo.

Aside from having the opportunity to find nonprofits with whom she feels are a good fit, Collins has learned more about community needs and how she could best contribute her time and talents.

Collins is a five-year veteran of YPW’s Community Relations team, originally joining to become more involved in the Wichita community and find ways to give back. During her time with YPW and the Community Relations team, Collins has had the chance to meet Wichita community leaders, further develop her career through education in current events and find new ways to give back to the community.

“I feel strongly that part of being a professional member of the community is finding a way to give back.”

Community Service Superstar: Tara Patterson

Tara Patterson - Young Professionals of Wichita

Imagine being part of a program designed to show students the connection between their current school performance and their future ability to succeed. Tara K. Patterson, a loan specialist with Emprise Bank, does just that as a volunteer with Reality U, a fast-paced, hands-on financial literacy exercise through Communities in Schools.

Patterson also volunteers with Junior Achievement, a program that helps empower students to reach economic success.

“I am most passionate about my work with Communities in Schools and Junior Achievement,” Patterson said. “Both of the programs focus on teaching financial fundamentals to students to help encourage them to stay in school and further their post-secondary education.”

Fiscal responsibility is a huge issue in the United States, Patterson said.

“By educating students on the importance of higher education, smart borrowing and financing, and the value of money, I hope to help reverse this trend of financial irresponsibility for future generations.”

Along with Community in Schools and Junior Achievement, Patterson is involved with Young Professionals of Wichita as the secretary of the Pulse action team; Habitat for Humanity as a construction volunteer; Big Brothers Big Sisters as a school-based mentor; the Emprise Bank United Way Committee; Junior League of Wichita; and Aviator Church.

“By volunteering I help to support families, improve schools, support youth and beautify the community… I’ve realized that I get so much more out of volunteering than I could ever give.”

Want to win next quarter? Track your volunteer hours here.

Thank you to Davis-Moore Automotive for sponsoring the Community Service Superstar quarterly recognition. Each quarter, the YPW members who have tracked the most service hours to the community at large and to YPW specifically, receive recognition via the YPW blog and a certificate for an oil change from Davis-Moore!

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