Jessica Jahn | Saturday Volunteer

A few weeks after I started volunteering, I ran into one of the children that I worked with on my street. It was great to see how excited she was to see me, and the hug I got gave me energy for the rest of the day.

Brief Bio:
I am a Costume Designer who lives in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, and works in Theatre/Opera.  I’ve lived in Brooklyn for 20 years, and have become a die hard NYer.  

What inspired you to get involved with CPNYC?  
I came across CPNYC on a walk in the neighborhood, and after looking into the work that they do, understood it to be a valuable and worthy organization that I wanted to be a part of.  I felt that they were (and are)  dedicated to erasing inequity, and advancing the needs of children by supporting  a sometimes invisible, but extremely important part of our population.  

How have you served as a volunteer?  
I worked with CPNYC as a tutor during the Saturday Resource Center/Homework Help during the school year.  

Share your most memorable moment as a volunteer.  
A few weeks after I started volunteering, I ran into one of the children that I worked with on my street.  It was great to see how excited she was to see me, (and I her) and the hug I got gave me energy for the rest of the day.  

What are some lessons you have learned through this process?  
The most wonderful thing that I have learned while working with CPNYC is the art of zen.  It’s made me realize how important it is to be able to have patience, release the need to control every situation, and how to support and love children through the simple act of consistency.  

What advice would you offer to future volunteers?  
To be open to different ways of being; to have fun; to share yourself; to not be afraid to look silly; to be honest and truthful.