To celebrate National Volunteer Month, we spoke with AEP Ohio team members to hear how they give back to the community. Read more below:
Jayne Meyer has been volunteering since her days as a college student at The Ohio State University, reading textbooks onto tapes for blind students and volunteering as a tutor. Coming from a small rural high school where she knew everyone, Jayne used the experience to build a sense of community and belonging and to help her make friends.
“It felt good to be with people working together for a common cause,” she said. “I liked being a part of something bigger than myself, and to share the blessings I had been given. It’s a good feeling to give of yourself and expect nothing in return.”
Her spirit of giving has continued on since those days—Jayne is now a customer service account representative in Wooster and one of her favorite volunteer activities is supporting the Veterans Honor Bus.
Similar to Honor Flight, the Honor Bus takes military veterans on a trip to Washington, D.C. During the three-day, all-expenses-paid trip, veterans visit the Flight 93 National Memorial in Stoystown, Pennsylvania, and then travel to the nation’s capital to see the memorials on the National Mall. Jayne’s responsibility is to help promote the twice-a-year trip and prepare and serve the huge meal that welcomes the veterans home.
“It’s an incredible way to honor our veterans,” she said. “It’s well supported by our community through donations, police and fire escorts into town and a welcoming committee that waves flags and cheers on the veterans when they return.”
In addition to the Honor Bus, Jayne spends a lot of time volunteering in her community with other organizations such as Ashland Main Street, Ashland County Humane Society, Hospice of North Central Ohio and at her church and her children’s schools.