Volunteer Spotlight - Denise Farias, Mims
How many years have you been a JA volunteer?
I've been a volunteer for 5 years now.
What is your favorite grade/JA program?
My favorite grade is first grade, they are so loveable and like to learn!
Why did you choose JA?
I chose JA because I love to be around children and I think the program could not be easier to teach. The kids love seeing me every week with new materials to learn and to give out. The teachers I work with also love the program as they incorporate it into their lessons. I learn something new every time I teach JA. The kids get a sense of accomplishment and get excited when they receive their certificates. It is also great to see the kids I have worked with give me hugs at Walmart, and the parents thank me.
Where do you work?
I work at the Brevard County Property Appraisers office and have been there 35 years.
Do you volunteer for any other organizations?
I volunteer for many other organizations including Brevard County Sheriff's office, American Red Cross, Cocoa and Titusville Police Departments, Melbourne Air Show, and I'm now the Coordinator for North Brevard Toys for Tots.
What are your hobbies?
I do not have much time for hobbies as I'm on the run between work, family and volunteering. But I love giving back to our great community.