Very Valuable VISTA: A Look at Why We Serve

 

Jack Laub

Jack Laub 

Position: Digital Outreach Stewardship VISTA

Term: March 2019-March 2020

Hometown: Madison, Virginia

Jack Laub is an AmeriCorps VISTA member serving in the United Way of Weld County Program which is an intermediary hub placing VISTAs at partner agencies throughout the community. Jack began his VISTA term at Foothills United Way and after a merger now serves at Mile High United Way. Although Mile High United Way is based in Denver, Jack continues to serve the same geographic area as Foothills United Way: Boulder and Broomfield Counties. The mission of Mile High United Way is to fight for the education, health, and financial stability for everyone in our community. Jack has supported the organization through volunteer recruitment and project placement, cultivating corporate volunteerism, and event planning.

We had the chance to ask Jack some questions about himself and why he chose AmeriCorps, here is what he had to say:

Why did you decide to be a VISTA?

I was going through a transitional phase in my life last year, and I decided it was time for a change. I wanted to do something that was bigger than myself and help communities affected by poverty.  VISTA was that opportunity to give back and help others.

What has been your biggest accomplishment as a VISTA?

There has been so many ups and downs throughout my term, but one of my biggest highlights was coordinating, recruiting and managing approximately 1,000 volunteers on Boulder and Broomfield counties’ biggest volunteer event, known as Day of Caring.  Through teamwork, communication, and collaboration, the event went swimmingly, and we were able to complete 70 projects in 4 hours!

Jack Laub VISTA Quote

Why should people volunteer?

Throughout my life, volunteering has brought me joy, compassion, humility, and a sense of community.  If your new to any community, or have causes that you feel strongly about, get out there.  After volunteering, one will notice a feeling of pride and belonging for aiding those who need it most.

How has national service changed you?

Before I served, I was bitter towards government and unsure how nonprofits operated within their communities.  I now see from not only the perspective of these wonderful agencies, but also from the clients who are served through their programming. During my service, I have been as poor as any man or woman who sleeps in the streets, and can now understand their daily hardship, trials and struggles.

If you could have lunch with three people, dead or alive, who would they be and why?

I would eat with Bruce Springsteen (the Boss), Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and President Jimmy Carter.  All these folks have fought for social justice, peace, civil rights, love, brotherhood, environmental activism, hard-work, and determination.  I admire these causes and characteristics in humans.

If you could do anything and be guaranteed not to fail, what would you do?

I would become a professional touring musician. A boy’s got to dream right?

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