Volunteer Spotlight: Adam Carr, University of the Rockies Admissions Counselor
University of the Rockies Admissions Counselor Adam Carr is making good on his New Year’s resolution to get involved in his community outside of his professional and social sphere. Since January, Adam has regularly volunteered with Junior Achievement (JA), an organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.
“I have finally found a community I really like and plan to stay awhile,” said Adam, who transferred to Denver, Colo. in November 2011. “It was important for me to get established in a great volunteer opportunity to support my new city.”
Two days a week before work, Adam completes administrative work for JA, setting up children for the organization’s programs. Additionally, he repurposes and repackages JA’s curriculum kits with a partner – a job that was previously outsourced – saving the organization about $1,000 per week.
“Working in the mornings for JA is a great way to start my day,” said Adam. “It’s a jump start, it leaves me in a great mood, and it wakes me up and gets me ready to go!”
Adam’s decision to volunteer for JA was a personal one. About 10 years ago, he graduated from a JA program where he was challenged to create a business selling teddy bears dipped in candle wax to be used as a fragrant decoration for the house.
“I reflect back and realize how much that experience contributed to my goals and interests,” said Adam. “Intrinsically, it feels good to give back to an organization that had such a positive influence in my life.”
The JA experience influenced Adam’s decision to complete his MBA with an Entrepreneurship specialization from Ashford University, and he is currently pursuing a PhD in Organizational Development and Leadership at University of the Rockies.
“When finding an organization to volunteer with, it’s important to find something you are passionate about,” said Adam. “And, I think it is really beneficial we work for a company that is so supportive of the community and encourages volunteerism.”