Each summer, we celebrate the winner of the Kaleb Anderson Board Service Award. We are excited to announce that Jessica Casey is the 2017 recipient! She is pictured above with Kaleb Anderson. Read on as Jessica shares about her time at VOX.
What brought you to VOX?
I connected with VOX a decade ago while working for one of VOX’s funders. I was drawn to VOX’s mission and had the opportunity to meet Rachel and really wanted to get involved. A few years later, I became reacquainted VOX at the same time I was looking to join a Board for a local nonprofit organization, so it was a natural fit. [Soon after joining the Board, Jessica took on several leaderships positions – serving as co-chair for multiple fundraising events and then becoming Vice Chair and Board Chair!]
What is your favorite VOX memory?
My first spelling Bee because I co-chaired the event. We had rebranded the event and this was the first time VOX had hosted the Bee in several years. The energy in the room was electric and it was a good opportunity to reintroduce VOX to the Atlanta community. [Jessica is pictured here at the Bee with Jimmy Kim, event co-chair and VOX alum].
Why is VOX important for teens?
I think that afterschool programming is essential. When I was a teen, I did not have access to afterschool programming that wasn’t school affiliated. VOX provides a level of freedom and expression that you can’t get in a school affiliated program. The ability for teens to explore the world, their own ideas and who they are and who they want to be is so important. They are able to do that at VOX in an environment that is safe and uplifting.
Why do you choose to support VOX?
Because I can see the direct impact that my funds are having on the organization – through the relationships that I’ve developed with the VOX teens and the programming and events that I’ve attended.
What 3 words would you use to describe VOX?
Inspiring, creative and necessary
Jessica, we are so thankful for everything you have done for VOX over the years and are grateful to have you as part of the VOX family!