Jennifer Miller is connected to the mission of HandsOn Greater Richmond and Central Virginia Foodbank. Miller volunteers because she wants “to help others who haven’t been as lucky” as she has in life.
At the Foodbank, Miller recruited volunteers for weekly shifts. She began networking with recently laid off employees from LandAmerica to Genworth to Suntrust. In eight weeks, her team helped feed 16,800 people. She also organized the organization’s food drive last winter.
With HandsOn Greater Richmond, Miller served as Chair for the second annual Richmond HandsOn Day. She built relationships with new sponsors, including Starbucks and Lowe’s, resulting in donated materials as well as volunteer hours. She appeared on both live television and radio interviews to promote HandsOn Day and volunteerism. HandsOn Day 2009 connected nearly 1,100 volunteers with more than 40 local non-profits to provide over 5,400 hours of community service to the Richmond community in one day.
She currently serves on several committees, including the HandsOn Day 2010 Steering Committee, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Team Relations Committee, and the Impact 100 Richmond Health and Wellness Committee.
Miller says, “Volunteering is like being in love, without the possibility of heartbreak. I know that I made a difference that day—that I helped someone and it matters.”