Written by: Claire Brumback, Public Affairs Intern
It's the last week of National Volunteer Month, but we still have two amazing employee volunteers to highlight! Today, get to know Jacob Anderson... or should we say the man behind Indianapolis Power & Light Company's (IPL) Bolty mascot? Whether you attended the IPL Mayor's Lunch for Parks or see Bolty hanging out on Monument Circle, Jacob enjoys representing IPL through being our mascot among other volunteer opportunities that Jacob seizes. Check out his volunteer profile below:
Job Title/Department: Financial Analyst, Investment Planning
Years at IPL/AES: 4
Organization(s) you volunteer for: Employee Action Council (EAC), Corporate Challenge, Safety Day, Haunted House, Bolty
How did you get involved? "I started at IPL as an intern and volunteered here and there, but in the last few years, I've been getting more involved in volunteer opportunities."
How long have you been a volunteer? "I started volunteering when I first started working here, and I just kept going."
How often do you volunteer? "I volunteer at least once a month for the EAC. For other IPL events, it's usually every two or three months."
What's your favorite volunteer experience? "Dressing up as our mascot, Bolty, for the IPL Mayor's Lunch for Parks was definitely my favorite. It was a lot of fun. I've been Bolty three or four times now; maybe I'll keep doing it."
What makes a good volunteer experience? "You have to be willing to help and learn along the way."
Why do you continue to volunteer? "Being the face of IPL is great at external events, and as a young professional, it gets my name out there. It gives me a chance to promote IPL and myself. One of my goals in my career is to serve on a nonprofit board in the next few years since I have a degree in financial management. Volunteer experience helps get me closer to that goal."