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Volunteers are Dedicated to Our Mission

Bosma Enterprises - 6/19/2020 10:04:50 AM

Volunteers are essential to our mission, helping us provide services to hundreds of clients each year. In our latest blog, our amazing volunteers share why they donate their time and talent even amid a global pandemic.

Even though we are unable to host volunteers in our facilities during the pandemic, they could not sit still when they know the world is in dire need of service and cheer. Volunteers play a huge role in helping us achieve our mission of creating opportunities for people who are blind. The impact volunteers make in the lives of our clients and employees cannot be measured by a paycheck. During these uncertain times, our loyal and selfless volunteers have shown their real character.
 
The coronavirus has left many businesses, schools and individuals scrambling to rearrange their way of doing business. To that end, Bosma Enterprises has to reschedule and change our approach when it comes to events, training and even how we interact with our clients. That's why it is vital we have volunteers dedicated to our mission of creating opportunities for people who are blind. To assist us in bringing back a sense of normalcy to our lives.
 
Mark Jacobson, Jenna Flannery and Olivia Jacobson are students at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. They are using their free time to help, Mary Stephens, events and volunteer manager at Bosma Enterprises, rebrand materials for Bosma Visionary Golf Classic and Dining in the Dark with the new date. Mark and Jenna are completing their Freshman year, and Olivia is completing her Junior year. They all are excited about volunteering at the Golf Classic on August 3, 2020.
 
For Olivia, volunteering at Bosma Enterprises is nothing new. She's been volunteering at Bosma off and on throughout the past eight years. "Now, when I'm home from school, I try to help out as much as I can," Olivia said.
 
Before Olivia's grandfather began to lose his vision, he was a teacher at the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ISBVI). "I was still in junior high, but I remember how much Bosma helped him adjust smoothly to the new life change."
 
After his passing, she found so much comfort volunteering with Mary Stephens, who happens to be her aunt. For Olivia, volunteering at Bosma Enterprises feels like coming home to family. "Everyone is so warm and genuinely seems glad to see me," and she cherishes the memories they share of her grandfather.
 
Usually, when Olivia volunteers, she helps prepare the little things for events. "I help with things like decor, setting up and taking down for the event, and whatever Mary needs," she said. This time, Olivia recruited Mark (her brother) and Jenna (Mark's girlfriend), to help with preparing materials and completing some data entry.
 
Olivia believes volunteering is integral to a healthy and positive community and thinks it helps you be a more reflective person. "It's taught me humility, patience, the value of kindness, and has helped me broaden my social group, but most of all, it's given me joy."
 
Volunteers are an integral part of allowing us to meet the needs of the thousands of clients we serve each year. If you are interested in making a difference in your community and the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired, consider volunteering at Bosma Enterprises and joining us in our mission to create opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired. Learn more about the many volunteer opportunity at www.bosma.org/Get-Involved/Volunteer.