Written by: Claire Brumback, Public Affairs Intern
All April long, we are recognizing our people who are volunteering in the communities in which we live, work and play. Next up in the volunteer spotlight is Teresa Donohue, Executive Assistant to AES United States President. Teresa volunteers her time at Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center located on the west side of Indianapolis devoted to empowering individuals by serving as a resource for help and hope by providing access to educational classes, job training, food pantry, before and after school programs and employment and financial coaching. Check out her volunteer profile below that started back in 1982 at Mary Rigg:
Job Title: Executive Assistant, AES United States President
Years at IPL: 9
Organization you volunteer for: Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center
How did you get involved with this organization? "I got involved when I came to IPL nine years ago. Wanting to deepen employee volunteering within Transmission & Distribution (T&D), we got others involved with this project. Now, I am an officer on the board, and we have six different employee teams that alternate serving dinner to kids in the after school program and senior citizens weekly."
How long have you been a volunteer at Mary Rigg? "I started working with them in 1982 at my previous job and continued when I came to IPL. Our IPL volunteer teams are in their eighth year of volunteering."
How often do you volunteer? "I volunteer once a month."
What's your favorite volunteer experience? "One of my favorite experiences was when two girls were eating dinner and starting talking about their new Elsa dolls they had gotten for Christmas, and they started a singing competition like what they had seen on TV singing "Let It Go." They asked me to judge, and I just couldn't--but it was so sweet!"
What makes a good volunteer? "I think that dedication and volunteering at something you are passionate about is important. I love it when volunteers work with people they may not already know or learn something new. It helps develop stronger teamwork with co-workers and feels good to be part of something bigger and to give back to our community."
Why do you continue to volunteer? "Even as busy as things get at work sometimes, this is a way that I can have a good work-life balance. I look forward to that day once a month that I can serve dinner and interact with other IPL employees and connect with the visitors at Mary Rigg. Sometimes we can get caught up in the negative aspects of work and life, and this is a chance to put things in perspective and have some positive influence."