Jessica Brown, a member of the marketing communications department at Family Savings Credit Union in Alabama, won the Create the Good, Show Your Love Volunteer Contest sponsored by AARP and Cabot Creamery.
Jessica works tirelessly for the Council on Aging as a board member and has helped organize its fundraiser each year for the past 5 years. Through the efforts of Jessica and the board, the organization raised more than $9,000 in 2018.
Most of Jessica’s volunteer hours are currently spent with a program called Worlds of Work (WOW). For four years she has worked as a WOW Planning Committee member and Volunteer Recruitment Co-Chair. WOW, a hands-on career fair for eighth and 11th-grade students in Etowah and Calhoun Counties, hosts more than 8,000 children over a three-day event. This year, she recruited more 180 volunteers to help with the students.
The United Way of Etowah County (UWOEC) Day of Action event is one of her most outstanding accomplishments. She has organized the DOA program for UWOEC since 2008, growing the volunteers from 120 to now more than 700 volunteers performing more than 500 Etowah County community and agency projects. Some past projects include painting a Girl Scout meeting room, cleaning a child advocacy agency, and performing yardwork for a local teen shelter.
Jessica has been instrumental as a volunteer, decorator and attendee with the Success by Six UWOEC program for their fundraising efforts to fund the Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL) program for children birth to 5-years old. Their signature fundraising event, Girlfriend Gala raises over $65,000 each year to help pay for DPIL books the children in Etowah County, AL receive each month.
The Gadsden/Etowah County Chamber of Commerce is honored to have Jessica’s attention with several of their programs. As a Chamber Ambassador, she was honored with Ambassador of the Year in 2012. Jessica serves on the Leadership Etowah planning committee and is chair of the Student Leadership program. Graduating from Jacksonville State University with a BS in Public Relations, Jessica has given back to her alma matter.
She is a member of the Communications Advisory Board at JSU and is a past alum of the JSU Marching Southerners, where she is an annual contributor and attendee of their shows. As a young professional, Jessica has been very involved with HYPE – How Young People Engage, and the League of Southeastern Credit Union’s Young Leaders Society which she has recently been elected as president.