I was introduced by a previous volunteer, Kathryn McCarthy, to my local ILTA community, and she got me working on some local events. It inspired me to contribute more and continue to support my peers and the ILTA organization. My volunteerism with ILTA extends to every part of my workday. What I learn and glean from my peers and counterparts across the country help me every day in my job. From coaching and mentoring local member liaisons, to moderating or participating in panel discussions, or even working on a session for conference, it’s everywhere. The learning and professional development resources really extend a long way and we are working to make them even stronger at every turn! The ILTA membership is strong, smart, savvy, and powerful. All of these qualities are reflected through me in my work and shine back on ILTA.
I think so many of the volunteer experiences at ILTA are rewarding. Between social events, content development, networking – how can you compare? If I had to pick one thing I’d say it’s the friendships that have extended beyond ILTA into my personal life. I am very lucky to have the people who contribute to my experience in my life.
In my outside life, I volunteer with the local community college. I assist the faculty in the ceramics studio with technical duties or mixing glazes, loading and unloading kilns, repairing and maintaining studio equipment. I also coach and mentor students and build sculpture.
Volunteering in any facet of your life is very rewarding and important in rounding your life. So many of us pour everything we have into one experience. Take a taste of something bigger. Push yourself – even if just a little. You’ll be surprised what it does for you and the impact it has for those around you. Share YOU.learn more about Jeff »