Member Spotlight

Jenny Rivera
Director of Volunteer Relations
Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio

Jenny Rivera joined FVA in Fall of 2022. She joined to learn more from other volunteer administrators and to make new connections. Jenny is the Director of Volunteer relations at Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio. This organization has created pathways to nutritious food in our service area for over 40 years. Last year, they distributed over 11 million pounds of food to community members in Lorain, Huron, Erie, and Crawford county. The Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio relies on 2,800 individual volunteers donating 23,000 hours to inspect donations, pack food, and distribute food. We are a part of the national network of foodbanks, Feeding America.

Jenny has a Bachelor’s Degree is in Zoology and has always had a love for nature, hiking and birding. Before working at the foodbank, Jenny interned with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and worked at the Lorain County Metro Parks and the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. She volunteered with the Cleveland Metroparks assisting with deer telemetry, spotlight surveys and maintenance of their wildlife cameras. Within these roles, she discovered and learned more about volunteerism and the importance of giving back.

When asked what Jenny loves most about volunteer administrator, she responded by saying, "...the people! If a volunteer leaves with a deeper connection to our organization, a better understanding of the work we do, and a positive experience, we have done our job." Jenny shared that she has an amazing team of volunteers, each with their own story and that she enjoys working alongside them in our RePack Room or out at a Mobile Pantry. She is inspired to meet and work with so many people who believe in Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio's mission.

In her spare time, Jenny likes to travel. She recently spent her honeymoon in Puerto Rico and would love to go back to explore more of the island as well as more of the Caribbean. Additionally she would like to travel to Ireland and would love to explore new cities and parks in the U.S.

When asked what advice Jenny would have for someone entering the field of Volunteer Administration she replied, "Find a non-profit or agency that sparks your interest. There are so many opportunities out there. Ask questions and learn about the organization. Become an advocate for the mission." Great advice, Jenny! Welcome to FVA!


Organization Spotlight

Maltz Museum

The months of January and February bring Civil Rights to the forefront of everyone’s mind. It is important to think about how we can support our own organizations’ missions, the audiences we serve and our local communities.

The Maltz Museum located in Beachwood on Cleveland’s east side embodies this sentiment all year. As per their website, in 2022 the museum unveiled a new logo, which incorporates a dove as a symbol of peace and healing for the future of humanity, and rainbow colors to represent all humanity — all faiths, races, cultures, and identities lifting together.

In a letter to the community, Managing Director, David Schafer said, “By calling ourselves by the name the community uses in reference to us colloquially — Maltz Museum rather than Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage — we invite with open arms those who may not otherwise believe they are welcome to join us in exploring the stories told in our galleries, courageous stories from history and today that carry universal messages of hope.”

FVA member and Manager of Volunteer, Visitor, and Retail Services, Julie Konrad states “Getting to know our volunteers is the highlight of my job! The passion and dedication they bring to serving our mission of diversity and inclusion for all is so inspiring. I love how much I learn here from our exhibits and programming to the fascinating people I meet every day. It’s a great place to work!”

The Maltz Museum has given us all a great reminder that it is the diversity of our volunteers that makes our organizations, those we serve and our communities stronger.

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