Volunteer finds a home away from home at the MJCCA
“From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.” When tennis icon Arthur Ashe spoke these words, he easily could have been referring to Jamie Bill. After leaving her full-time corporate career in 2013, Jamie yearned for the sense of accomplishment that comes from overcoming challenges and growing as a leader. She decided to funnel that energy into the place that had given her family the community they always longed for: the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. And that decision ignited a passion that has fulfilled Jamie beyond measure.
The MJCCA has given me a platform to meet people, to help others, and to be involved.Jamie Bill
Without any family in Atlanta, Jamie and her husband Brian chose to move close to the MJCCA “looking for community,” she says. Between participating in various MJCCA athletic programs and sending their three children through The Weinstein School, bonds were forged with “friends who would become family,” Jamie asserts. What she did not anticipate was a powerful desire to lend her time and talents in various philanthropic positions.
“People think I work at the JCC because I’m there all the time,” she laughs, but her volunteerism has been a serious life-changing experience. “It has given me a platform to meet people, to help others, and to be involved. It has given me an identity as the person I want to be.”
Jamie’s volunteerism has consistently ascended to new heights and each role has motivated her to want to do more. She began volunteering in her daughter Sari’s classroom at The Weinstein School; that led to becoming PTO President for three years, and then a chair on the Early Childhood Services Committee. “The sense of community I felt sparked me to want to provide that for others, and I hope our work will inspire future preschool families to continue building meaningful connections,” Jamie shares.
Jamie also serves on the MJCCA Program Council and MJCCA Day Camps Committee, and has even inspired others to give of themselves, including Brian. “He knows how rewarding it’s been for me to be involved, so he stepped in as treasurer for Sari’s MJCCA Perimeter Gymnastics team,” Jamie explains. “I’ve found such a passion for so many things since I began volunteering here. I genuinely believe my life would be lacking without the MJCCA.”
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