Volunteer of the Month: Jackie Naggar
When it comes to being an all-around kindhearted and dedicated volunteer, Jackie Naggar is truly one of a kind. Originally from Birmingham, Ala., Jackie has been living and giving back in Atlanta for more than 10 years. Professionally, she is an attorney/legal recruiter. While she enjoys spending some of her free time with family and friends, traveling, and hosting her own networking events, volunteering is her absolute passion and joy.
“Growing up, I received financial assistance from Jewish Family Services in Birmingham,” Jackie says. “When I moved to Atlanta, JF&CS was one of the first organizations I contacted based on my personal experience. I wanted to give back, and to me, volunteering means giving back to your community while making a difference in someone else’s life.” When she first called JF&CS looking to volunteer, she got involved with Interact, now called VIA: Volunteers In Action, where she served on the Interact steering committee. This initial exposure led to her involvement with the Annual Campaign where she helped with fundraising initiatives. Jackie then went on to chair Havinagala (the annual young adult fundraiser to benefit the PAL program), in which she continues to support by serving on various committees.
But it was her participation in Tools for Leaders that exposed Jackie to Career Services – Tools for Employment. Her day job already consisted of helping people with their careers, so she decided this was the division of JF&CS with which she wanted to become more involved. “A professional passion of mine is helping people think outside the box regarding their job search and assisting with resumes and career coaching. I compare my job to that of putting a puzzle together in terms of helping people find the right fit professionally.” Because of this, Jackie has become a teacher in the Employment Workshop Series. “I like to own the classes I teach and offer helpful tips to finding that right opportunity,” she says. “My goal is to be a valuable resource to clients and offer assistance both in and outside the workshops.”
“Jackie is one of the most energetic and enthusiastic people I know,” says Charlotte Hayes, a Career Counselor. “The clients she serves here at JF&CS always leave with more hope and concrete tools that help them make progress in looking for work.”
A huge reason clients feel this way is that Jackie always takes that extra step when she is helping people. One of her favorite experiences as a volunteer was when she was able to help a woman who had been to two workshops find a job. Jackie stayed after class and talked with her about her frustrations in job searching. They stayed in touch after the workshops, and Jackie continued giving her tips and eventually a lead on a position, which turned into a job. Jackie was absolutely delighted, not only from the professional outcome but from seeing this woman’s confidence completely skyrocket . “I love networking and connecting people, and I enjoy knowing that I have made a positive impact,” she says. “I am truly passionate about the work JF&CS does in the community and am proud to volunteer for such an amazing organization.”
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