The creativity and critical thinking required to be a civil engineer are two of the same skills Jay Volk uses to serve his Chase Oaks community.
When Jay first joined Chase Oaks, he got connected to the Chase Oaks Family Center through other volunteers. As a husband and father, serving in the center felt like a natural fit, but he never imagined how influential his gifts could be in providing practical assistance to others.
When the winter storm of February 2021 damaged a student’s kitchen, Jay rallied a few other volunteers from the Family Center to assist. What started as a simple repair turned into a full renovation, free of charge.
“I like doing woodwork, so we decided to get her a new kitchen and it was really fun,” Jay said.
In addition to serving at the Family Center, Jay and his wife led a Life Group together for nearly three years. Recently, though, they’ve shifted their focus to a new passion project: The Bridge, a nonprofit organization serving immigrant families through ESL classes, scholarships, driving courses, paperwork support and more.
“Prior to launching The Bridge, I had a very poor understanding of the immigration issues and challenges in our country,” said Jay. “It’s certainly made me far more compassionate.”
For Jay, being a party person is about maintaining an outward look.
“I feel like I experience more growth, personally, when I’m less focused on myself,” he said. “I’m pretty good at being a selfish person, so the less I’m focused on me the better it seems to be for both myself and others.”
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