Building Impact works with our dedicated ambassadors, our points of contacts for different companies, to make sure our programing works for their office! This month, we celebrate CJ Beck, from the New England Center and Home for Veterans, as ambassador of the month. To learn more, check out the interview below!
1. What is your favorite part of serving as our BI partner?
Building Impact has been exceptional in connecting us to many groups of volunteers that we would not otherwise have had the opportunity to work with. I not only appreciate the work they do to coordinate the different volunteer groups, but also their ability to develop volunteer projects that directly serve the residents. Building Impact mobilizes corporate partners efficiently to benefit our veteran residents, and with their on-site visits, allow us to connect with these groups directly to share the mission of NECHV; communication is key. Building Impact has consistently been an organization that I call on to fulfill immediate needs – volunteer or in-kind donation related. We are grateful to have the supportive partnership with Building Impact, and we look forward to a continued fruitful relationship moving forward.
2. What do you like most about your job?
I love my position as the Philanthropic Officer, Community Engagement at NECHV because I am given the unique opportunity to interact with so many different people on a daily basis – from my colleagues, the veterans we serve, to the numerous volunteers and donors. It is a multifaceted position that allows me to be involved in a wide variety of projects and tasks and keeps me active during the day, as opposed to just sitting at my desk. I thoroughly enjoy interacting with people and it is my undertaking that they enjoy themselves to the fullest while generously donating their time and attention to NECHV. I am honored to have the opportunity to communicate the mission of NECHV in this capacity to assist veterans. My grandfather was a Seabee, my father and uncles are Marines, so there is quite a rich military history in my family and I am grateful to be able to contribute in some way.
3. What are some of your favorite moments at your job?
Playing Santa Claus – even though I only “dress up” one time a year through the Gift-a-Vet program to distribute gifts to each of the veterans we serve, many of them still refer to me as Santa Claus throughout the year. It works to my advantage, as I can jokingly remind the veterans that I can determine what they will receive at the holidays. In all seriousness, I genuinely love the opportunity to play Santa and bring joy and light to NECHV during the holidays, which can be a tough time for some residents. We are fortunate for the generosity of the community– as I’m only a cog in the wheel and it’s truly the NECHV community members who are the ones that make it all happen.