Meet Jenny: Our December Volunteer of the Month

News —— December 1, 2016

1. How did you first get involved with 826NYC and why did you decide to volunteer?
I first learned about 826NYC through a friend and former 826 volunteer. I told her I was looking for volunteer opportunities with an emphasis on writing and worked with children, so 826 seemed like a perfect fit!

2. What’s your favorite part of volunteering at 826NYC?
Definitely working with such a diverse group of students all over NYC. All the students I’ve met have been incredibly sweet, creative, and insightful. It’s also inspiring to see all the 826 volunteers and staff work so diligently to bring these opportunities to the students.

3. What do you do when you’re not at 826NYC?
I’m a writer and performer, mostly comedic. I work at a bar in South Slope a few nights a week, and fill the rest of my time writing, performing, volunteering, and exploring NYC (and sometimes binge-watching Netflix shows).

4. What advice would you give a new volunteer?
I would tell a new volunteer to try their best to diversify their volunteer trips. One thing I’m glad I’ve done over my time with 826 is volunteer not only for the after-school tutoring program in Williamsburg, but also do in-school trips and field trips when I have extra time. I adore the students in Williamsburg, but it’s nice to break away every once in awhile and work with students of different ages on different projects.

5. What are your superpowers?
I have a limitless, iron stomach–I can eat anything and everything!