Volunteer Spotlight: Jean Meisenzahl
Our monthly Volunteer Spotlight recognizes Town of Palm Beach United Way volunteers who are passionate, inspiring and dedicated. They are individuals committed to transforming lives and who invest in our vision of building healthy and strong communities.
Jean Meisenzahl has been a volunteer at the Town of Palm Beach United Way for 16 years. Jean serves on our Business and Professional Committee and Allocation Committee. We sat down with Jean to ask her a few questions about volunteering at the Town of Palm Beach United Way and what it means to her.
What made you choose to volunteer with the Town of Palm Beach United Way?
When I was assigned to come to Palm Beach and work as an investment advisor with CitiBank I was told by my manager to “get involved” with the community (not knowing that I am a firm believer of giving where I am receiving). After asking my peers and various individuals I encountered while I was “getting involved,” the advice to volunteer with the Town of Palm Beach United Way was overwhelming. Thus, the love affair began.
What do you like most about volunteering with the Town of Palm Beach United Way?
Oh my! The people, the people, the people! The residents, the professionals, the employees of the Town of Palm Beach! Amazing commitment to the organization and the support freely offered financially and in hours and hours of volunteering given. And of course, the wonderful people involved with the various agencies in Palm Beach County, who are so devoted to their cause.
What have you learned by being a volunteer with us?
First of all, I learned that an organization with a leader who is not only brilliant, but a great business person – and, with a very big heart – is a perfect template for success. I have learned so much from experiencing the process over the years. I have participated on the Business and Professional Campaign, and, (the love of my life), the Allocation Committee. I have learned of the needs of all residents of Palm Beach County, and just how much of an impact this organization makes throughout the county.
What do you do when you’re not volunteering?
Volunteer of course!!! Well, I do play golf, hang out with my breakfast buddies at Surfside, bother Laurel and Sandy at the Chamber, get ready for the Turkey Trot, and try to keep track of the 13 grandchildren Wayne and I share as a result of our combined 4 children.
What is your most memorable volunteer moment?
My very first Agency visit – the first year on the Allocation Committee. We walked into the ARC and as we were guided through I saw those babies and children who were so very helpless and my heart was broken: then I observed the staff as they cared for these children with such compassion and love – I knew at that point – I had to do more!