“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Benjamin Franklin
December is the season of giving.
At JobPath, giving means investing. Yet, investment comes in many forms, from many directions, and for many different reasons.
Two definitions of investment immediately come to mind. The first definition is investing of money or capital in order to gain profitable returns, as interest, income, or appreciation in value. The second definition is devoting, using, or giving of time, talent, emotional energy, etc., as for a purpose or to achieve something.
At JobPath, we understand the investment that each donor gives to JobPath participants falls under both of these definitions. Our donors not only invest financially to develop local talent; they also invest emotionally because they care about something greater: changing the paths of JobPath participants for the better!
For JobPath Board Member, Rob Glaser, “The opportunity to affect a young adult’s life in such a positive way through advanced education means a lot to me. The fact that it could also influence their other family members means a lot to me as well.”
For Board Member, Tim Walrath, the positive impact wasn’t noticed until he attended his first JobPath graduation ceremony. He met a graduate: a middle-aged mother with a serious health issue, trying to pay the bills and caring for her kids. Tim said “it required a herculean effort from her” for her to graduate from the nursing program but she did! Her children shared with Tim how “brave and inspiring” their mother is and that they want to be just like her. Tim’s life forever has been changed because of moments just like this one.
Tim offers a challenge to others, “Do you want to get inspired and make a difference? Hang around inspiring people like JobPath participants!”
I could not agree more because investment does not just come in the form of donations. JobPath’s inspiring participants invest their time in the form of community service. Last year, 265 participants volunteered over 9,000 hours! Incredibly, that is almost 40 hours per person! They pay it forward because they appreciate the investment bestowed upon them by the City of Tucson, Pima County, various foundations and organizations, and many individual donors.
This holiday season, the board and staff of JobPath wishes to say thank you to our donors and our participants! Thank you for investing your time and money in our community!
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!