Employee Spotlight – Joyce Young
Joyce Young, Contract Administrator
AFG is thankful for all the great work our employees do, not only on the job, but within their communities. For Giving Tuesday 2019, we are highlighting two employees who chose to be leaders and advocates for great causes.
What is Giving Tuesday? A global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world on December 3 and every day.
Let’s start from the beginning:
Which organization do you volunteer at the most and what is its mission?
I volunteer two days a week for the Literacy Volunteers of America-Prince William County. I help with a group conversation class and I have a one on one student I tutor weekly from Sierra Leonne.
MISSION: The literacy volunteer mission is to help as many people as they can in learning English and skills to be able to function in our country. This includes helping with GED, Citizenship classes, job skills, and conversation classes. They also do one-on-one tutoring for those that request it.
I also volunteer with the American Red Cross as a disaster team member along with some other opportunities that they have.
How did you first get involved?
One of my girls that I coach, her mom told me about it [LVA-PW]. She thought I would enjoy doing it, so I signed up.
I joined the Red cross when I was living in Japan, back in 1995. I was a CPR and babysitting instructor along with volunteering with the blood drives. Since returning to the states I joined the disaster team and respond to calls when needed. Calls vary from house/apt fires to sheltering in place. I also volunteer at special events when available. My ultimate goal is to be able to go the next time there is a need on a deployment. I missed my opportunity a couple of years ago when I got sick, so was not able to Puerto Rico to help with that disaster.
What does it mean to YOU to be a part of that organization?
It is a very rewarding experiencing and I am glad to be a part of both of these organization. I have met a lot of wonderful people with the heart to serve and help where needed.
What does it mean to you that AFG is supportive of your efforts?
It means a lot to me that AFG supports my volunteer work.
What do you think it means to the people within the organization/ who the organization benefits?
I know the organizations I volunteer for appreciate my efforts and time that I commit. It is a very rewarding experience being able to help those in need. So that is where my passion lives!
Do you have a special experience that you would like to share?
All the tears, hugs and gratitude received from those that I have helped over the last several years and knowing I helped someone when they thought there was no hope. Something I learned, despite all the bad things going on in our world there are still some good people out here, who like me have a compassion to help others. To be supportive of those who are going thru something where they feel no hope we can bring some hope and peace to them.